With the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, all of us are doing our best to practice social distancing and self-isolation if needs be. This means that many people are now staying at home for the foreseeable future. While this can be a difficult time for many people, there are things you can do in your own home to maintain your mental health and support your friends and family through this uncertain time.
Here are some of our top tips to staying fit and healthy in body and mind:
Manage your media coverage exposure:
Reduce the amount of time you spend reading or watching things which are not making you feel better. Consuming too much news can increase feelings of fear and anxiety. Be mindful of sources of information and ensure you are accessing good quality and accurate information. We have provided some links below.
Protect yourself and support others where you can:
Assisting others in their time of need can benefit the person receiving support as well as the helper. Check-in by phone on neighbours or people in your community who may be vulnerable. Acting together as a community can help to create solidarity in these times and connection whether over FaceTime or at safe social distance is indispensable at the moment.
Don’t forget your balance:
Just because we are confined more to the indoors it doesn’t mean we should fall behind on our healthy lifestyle goals. Sleep, hydrate, eat nutrient-dense meals and do what you enjoy all with a bit of balance. Now is the time to rediscover hobbies like cooking, music, reading, drawing and so much more.
Connect with nature:
As we don’t really know just yet how long the current situation will last, it’s important to access nature and sunlight where possible. Vitamin D does wonders for our health and a breath of fresh air can make us feel so much better after being cooped up inside all day – don’t forget to keep the windows in your home open to let the fresh air circulate and let the light in. Go to your local park, try a walk you haven’t before – all while practising safe social distancing.
When and if you get struck with a bout of anxiety – why not follow some of the HSE’s guidelines on to tackle the best – check out more here!