Beat COVID-19 Anxiety with our Wellbeing Tips!
With restrictions around COVID-19 beginning to lift, it’s only natural to wonder how we’re going to adapt to the ‘new normal’. For some of us, the thought of being around more people or leaving our home may cause feelings of stress and anxiety. Amber, our Health Referral Advisor, is here to share her top tips and resources to help inspire new ways to look after your wellbeing and combat any negativity!
Take some time for yourself
Try mindfulness practices each day, even if it’s just for 10 minutes to check in with yourself. There are two very useful apps you can try: Calm and Headspace, which are both free to use. If you feel like you can’t commit to everyday, try setting aside 10 minutes a few times a week to begin with and build up to each day.
Get some fresh air!
Going outside for a walk in the fresh air (come rain or shine!) can help improve your mood and you’ll feel much better for doing so. Even a quick 20 minutes around the block can do wonders. It doesn’t matter what pace you choose to go at – you’re still lapping those on the sofa.
Being outdoors and taking in your surroundings can help you clear your mind and encourage positive thoughts – the more we appreciate what we have, the happier we feel.
Keep your fluids up!
We all know that staying hydrated is very important. Our bodies are primarily made of water which is why we need enough to help our bodies work properly. Drinking more water during the day can lead to increased energy, feeling more focused, better skin and it helps to flush out toxins from your body. Try to aim for at least 1.5-2 litres per day or 8 glasses of water.
Eat the rainbow!
The more colour in your fruit and veg intake, the better! Aim for at least 5 portions of fruit and veg per day. These nutrients provide protective factors that help reduce your risk of many diseases and deficiencies such as cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Give yourself a break from screens
One of the best ways to do this is by reducing your phone usage. Spending too much time on your phone can cause negative effects on your mental health and can disrupt your sleep pattern. Start by putting your phone away two hours before you go to sleep at night – opt for a more relaxing evening activity such as light reading or yoga.
Make sure you’re getting enough sleep
Experts recommend the average adult gets 7-8 hours per night. This can be difficult to fit in around a busy family/work life, but this is key to feeling energised, happy, and ready to face the day! Sleep is arguably one of the most important factors for managing health and stress, please do pay this the attention it deserves!
Cheshire Change Hub are here to support you to lead happier and healthier lives! You can find out more about our services on our website, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with us and the latest trends in all things health and wellbeing.
Visit the Calm website by clicking here.
Visit the Headspace website by clicking here.
Click here for tips about drinking more water.
Click here for more information about health diet recommendations.
Visit the Young Minds website to find out how using your phone less can positively impact your mental health.
Click here for tips to help you sleep better at night.