The Covid-19 pandemic has been something that has taken us all by surprise and left us with a different mindset and perspective on life as we know it.
Although the UK lockdown measures have been eased, we continue to spend a lot of our time indoors. Our lifestyles and preferences have changed and with local lockdowns likely to continue for a while yet, us being able to adapt and keep ourselves fit and well, both mentally and physically during this time is really important.
There are 5 areas that have really helped me to live my best life during a really difficult time and I wanted to share them with you lovely lot.
#1. MOOD BOOSTERS
Mood-boosting activities that get you in a positive mindset can bring big benefits. Keeping yourself positive can massively help with both your psychological and physical wellbeing.
5 Ideas of mood-boosting activities:
Complete an online exercise class
Watch your favourite feel-good film or TV show
Make a new playlist to listen to including your favourite uplifitng tunes
Spend some time playing with your pet
Give yourself your very own pamper session
#2. NATURE LOVERS
According to the University of Minnesota, being out in nature can have an impact on our well-being. You can read their article here.
On their website, they state, "Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, but it also contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones."
5 Ideas for activities involving nature:
Spend time in the garden - tidying, planting or even relaxing in a deck chair with a G&T
Create that vegetable patch you've always wanted
Make yourself a lovely colourful window box
Plan some nature walks, get out, get some fresh air and clear your head
Go on a bike ride to blow the cobwebs away
# 3 ARTS & CRAFTS
By using your creative mind, you can reduce any restlessness or irritability you may feel whilst being indoors. Being mindful is a great way to alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. Mindfulness is ‘the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and conscious of what we are doing’. All crafting activities are a great way to achieve mindfulness.
5 Ideas for arts and craft activities:
Make a scrapbook full of memories from your last holiday
Start creating mood boards for future home decorating projects
Upcycle a piece of furniture that you've had in the garage forever
Repair clothing items - fix all those missing buttons you may have
Prepare an online quiz to do with friends on your specialist subjects
Practising regular self-care is a great way to manage the symptoms of mental health problems, as well as helping to prevent some problems from developing or getting worse. Taking a proactive role in looking after yourself physically, mentally and emotionally is essential to keep living a healthy and happy life.
5 Ideas for self-care activities:
Start to keep a journal to monitor your mood and track activities
Try and keep to a regular sleep schedule
Eat a healthy and varied diet
If you work from home, ensure you take your breaks
Try and do some yoga or meditation to help keep you centred and grounded
# 5 FAMILY TIME
“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” Michael J Fox.
Spending quality time together as a family is a great way to strengthen bonds and create long-lasting memories
5 Ideas for family time activities:
Set up a baking station to make your favourite treats
Arrange a games night with your family's pick of board games
Set up your very own treasure hunt around the home
Help them to learn a new skill; telling the time, tying shoelaces etc.
Make a rewards chart where good behaviour can be recognised and rewarded.
Hope this post gives you some ideas and inspo on how to keep yourself and your family entertained during this time.
What has been your saviour during lockdown? Get in touch and let me know, I'd love to hear how you are getting on.
Until next time lovelies. Steph xoxo
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