During these crazy times, when you may be staying at home more, many of your outlets for health and wellness are limited.
Here are a few tips and suggestions of how you can stay healthy while staying home.
So, what can help you get a good night sleep?
- You should try and get 7-9 hours of sleep per night
- Try a nighttime routine before you go to bed - starting 30mins before you want to be asleep. This can include:
- listening to music
- taking a bath
- or anything you find RELAXING
- Have a consistent sleep and wake schedule
- If you can go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, this will help your body develop a consistent sleep schedule.
- Take a nap - it can help with the feeling of burnout.
- Even if it is 15, 30 or 60 minutes, get some rest as your body just might need it!
Technology has been a silver lining to help with staying connected. Have you tried
- Zoom or maybe
Maybe you don't want to see someone or want to try something with less screen time. Has anyone
- picked up the phone and called a friend they've been missing or
- written a letter recently?
Sometimes what may feel so simple, can still provide you with connection to others. How amazing does it feel to receive a letter from someone? Or maybe you received a card over the Christmas holiday from someone - did it bring a smile to your face?
These are just a few ways you can stay connected while staying at home.
Only a few minutes out of your day can help you reset your mood.
Free apps like ‘Headspace’ can help you incorporate mediation into your daily routine to find calmness, wellness and balance in your life.
Putting your thoughts on paper, whether good or troublesome, can be very therapeutic. Did you know it has been shown that writing something down can help you understand your thoughts and feelings better? It can also allow for you to create space for other tasks in the day if you are able to get things "out" of your head and down on paper.
By writing something down, you are able to track your thoughts and feelings over time. This allows for you to see what positive or negative triggers you may have that affect your physical and mental well-being.
Sometimes you may find it easier to get your feelings out without having to express them to someone.
Journaling is a very good way to manage your stress and anxiety and you can easily do this anywhere, including at home!
- cleaning your house,
- playing with your kids or animals,
- karaoke nights,
- kitchen dance parties or
Have you tried picking an area or two in your home to clean each week? All that sweeping, vacuuming, washing, and organizing are hard work and are a perfect way to stay active!
Join your kids in play time or burn some energy with your pet.
Friday or Saturday living room singing and dance parties are the perfect way to end the week.
As long as you are moving it counts!
It is important to remember that staying healthy doesn’t always have to mean going to the gym. And If your regular health and wellness routine has been altered due to the pandemic, or you are looking for new alternatives, try one of the simple suggestions listed above!
~ Alex Wojcichowsky, Physiotherapist