Are you struggling and in lockdown?
During these strange and unprecedented times we are all feeling the pressure and uncertainty and not really feeling in control of our own lives which in-turn affects our overall health and well-being.
If you have been forced into self isolation or are just in lockdown you may feel bored, frustrated or lonely and finding it difficult to cope or you could be overwhelmed if you are constantly surrounded by family! You will most likely also be feeling anxious or worried about your health and that of your loved ones and also have financial concerns.
No doubt it is a stressful time but keep in mind that this is a temporary situation and any issues should get resolved over time.
At the moment it is important to look after your overall health and well-being and protect your immune system.
How to maintain your wellbeing and gain back control!
There are many things you can do to maintain your wellbeing during these difficult times. By doing something positive will also give you back some control of the situation.
The following are a few suggestions to help you:
Try to eat a healthy diet to boost your immunity and drink plenty of water. When your routine has changed your eating habits can change so just be mindful. Stress can often make you over-eat/drink leading to issues later on or you could lose your appetite altogether.
If you are classed as high risk try to get someone to go to the supermarket for you to get any household supplies you need. You could try asking neighbours or family friends if you are unable to access online delivery.
Try to set yourself a routine to give some structure to your day to help keep you motivated. Avoid the urge to make every day a 'duvet day'! You don't need to become a couch potato!
Make sure you are getting plenty of exercise, even if you can't leave the house there are plenty of workouts for all ages on the internet. You could also try something different like yoga or qi-gong to get your “chi” or “life force” energy moving.
Sign up at https://www.lincsholisticwellness.com/coronavirus-support to receive free weekly yoga/qi-gong routines.
Spend some time in nature, if you can't go for a walk spend time in the garden. If you don't have one then sit by an open window and look out. Our mind, body and spirit suffer when we are disconnected from nature.
If you do have a garden then gardening is great way to get fresh air and keep you active and boost feelings of well-being.
Keep your mind active. If you are not working from home then take up a hobby or study something new or just read a book or magazine.
If you have time on your hands then spring clean the house, re-arranging a few things can also give you back a sense of control and reduce anxiety.
Sort our your wardrobe and drawers, now is as good a time as any to have a good clear out.
Avoid spending too much time listening to the news. Constantly being bombarded with bad news will impact your mental well-being, so just listen to the occasional update.
Keep social connection if you are self isolating via internet or phone, there are so many ways available.
If you are self isolating with other family members than try to create a safe zone which is just for you to re-charge. Being with family constantly can be draining and overwhelming.
Make sure you take time to relax and also stick to a regular sleep routine. If you are struggling to sleep you can contact me a firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you my sleep guide for free.
Learn how to meditate to bring back a sense of calm to your life and reduce stress and anxiety. You can find more information here www.lincsholisticwellness.com/meditation or sign up at https://www.lincsholisticwellness.com/coronavirus-support to receive free weekly guided meditations.
Try mindfulness exercises to keep you in the present moment and avoid your mind getting lost in anxious thoughts www.lincsholisticwelness.com/mindfulness.
Make time to pamper and treat yourself, go for a soak in a scented bath if you have one or add Epsom salts or just sea salt.
Try star bathing, looking up at the night sky takes us out of ourselves and allows us to see the bigger picture. We are all in this together.
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I would also recommend AS EASY AS ABC: STAYING HAPPY AND HEALTHY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN by Joanne Martin on Amazon. Learn more:
The government also has guidance on staying a home as a result of coronavirus here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
You can also find out more about your employment and benefits rights here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses
Stay safe and virus free!
Reiki and Crystal Reiki Master/Teacher
Holistic Health and Wellness Coach