Looking after your mental health is more important than ever right now.
The whole world is in a strange place at the moment. As a result of the outbreak of the Coronavirus, our lives have been turned upside-down. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs, while others are working from home for the first time.
On top of that, we’re being asked to socially distance ourselves from our friends and family. Needless to say, it hasn’t been easy (however, it is a necessity). At times like this, looking after your mental health couldn’t be more crucial.
So we decided to come up with a list of a few small things you can do today, or any day, in order to keep yourself healthy and happy. It’s the little things, folks.
Cook your favourite meal
Nothing makes us feel better than good old comfort food, right? So why not take some time this evening to whip up something that never fails to make you happy. It might be your favourite dinner (fajitas, anyone?) or even some sort of gorgeous cake. Either way, if it brings you joy lads, eat it!
We know that it can be hard to find the ‘get up and go’ to exercise at times like this, but trust us, you won’t regret it! We’re not suggesting you do a 60 minute HIIT workout if you don’t want to, but even getting outside for a bit of a walk will do you the world of good.
Make a list
Working from home can be daunting, and quite overwhelming – particularly if you’re at home with your children. We suggest making a list of things you want to achieve today, no matter how big or how small, and slowly tick things off. When you get into bed tonight and see your full list, with everything checked off, you will feel fantastic.
Go to bed early
We already know how important sleep is, but now more than ever, we really need to be well rested. It seems mad to think that most of us probably aren’t getting a decent night of sleep, considering we’re spending so much time at home. However, the reality is it can be easy to stay up really late at the moment, because you’re not as busy during the day. Try to be strict with yourself, and get into bed at a reasonable hour.
Watch a film that makes you laugh
Guys, is there anything better than microwave popcorn, the couch and a brilliant film? Absolutely not. If you feel like you want to switch off for a couple of hours, and do something that will make you feel good, the how about a movie night? Stick on a classic that never fails to make you smile (weirdly, Lilo & Stitch is up there for me), and relax.
Put your phone away
We’ve all pretty much been glued to our phones for the last few weeks, yeah? Between reading the news, and scrolling through social media (not to mention the group Whatsapp calls), it feels like our screen time is at an all time high. This isn’t a great thing for the mind, folks. Try to identify a few hours every day where you don’t touch your phone at all. You’ll feel a lot better for it!
Mind yourselves and your mental health, we’ll get through this!