How are you doing? It’s a question that, for many of us, has a different answer every day. These are unprecedented times and many people are finding ‘life under lockdown’ very difficult indeed. The uncertainty of when it will end is hard to wrap your head around, and the lack of social contact is very trying.
Body Happy has always been about all round wellbeing, and right now it is so important to not only keep our bodies healthy (by hand washing and social distancing) but our minds too. Being alone and being inside can be very difficult, and so we wanted to give you some ideas of how you can keep well and as happy as possible during this time.
- Get some sunshine. Whilst we still can, make the most of your daily exercise allowance and get outside. If you like cycling, but have neglected your bike, dig it out the shed and give it a clean. If you have always fancied having a go at running, why not try ‘Couch to 5K’ and become a runner? It’s so important to get moving in the fresh air, for your body and your mind.
- Keep moving! It’s very, very easy to get swallowed up by the sofa when you’ve got no where to go and no one to see. Whether it’s a potter around the garden, a walk around the local park or one of our online video workouts, make sure you keep active every day.
- Try and have a routine. Not sure what day it is? You’re not the only one. But maintaining some sort routine will stop the days just merging into one. Set a morning alarm if you have to, and make sure you still eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’re working from home, don’t allow yourself to do emails constantly – sign off from work at the same time you would if you had to then head home.
- Separate the week from the weekend. If you’re working from home, this is easier, but if, like me, you’re not working at all, try and find some way of differentiating the two. This could be going for a slightly longer walk in your daily exercise slot or having ‘brunch’. Just something to break up what is otherwise a very long, samey week!
- Be kind to yourself. These are trying times for all of us, and the limit on being outdoors and seeing friends is tough. If you are having a really hard, sad day, let yourself be a little less productive or skip that YouTube workout. Or do an extra YouTube workout – whatever helps you.
- Look out the window! It sounds very simple, but look out your window and take in the outside world, even just for a couple of minutes before you sit at your makeshift desk.
- Workout with friends. We know that’s not possible right now, but Body Happy @ Home has classes uploaded as well as real time classes that you could do in tandem with your friends in your living rooms. You could also go for a run or a cycle at the same time as your friends, listening to the same podcast and compare notes.
- Keep in touch! It’s lonely for everyone at the moment. You’re probably missing your weekly coffee catch ups, or seeing that friendly face at the gym. But there are so many ways to keep in contact now: Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp or a good-old fashioned phone call. Someone is always at the end of the line on the Body Happy phone number, so get in touch if you need to talk.
- Don’t get obsessed with the news. Try to limit your intake of news to one programme and one newspaper per day, as it’s easy to get completely overwhelmed by what’s happening. Same goes for reloading your Twitter feed every hour – step away from the rolling coverage!
- Do something else! Find a book, podcast or TV series that is nothing to do with the current situation and dive right in. I can recommend the ‘Off Menu’ podcast and ‘The Tiger King’, which is on Netflix.
- Look for the good. Remembering what you are grateful for, despite how hard things might be just now, can help.
- Eat well. It can be tough to get the exact ingredients for recipes at the moment, but don’t let that put you off cooking up healthy meals. Simply substitute the veg your missing with whatever veg you can get, or chicken breast for chicken thighs. That said, allow yourself treats – things are pretty rubbish at the moment!
- Laugh plenty. Make sure to speak to friends that make you chuckle and be sure to talk about things that make you happy. If you are feeling low, watching something like this might bring you back up, even just for 5 minutes!
These are tough times, and some days will be easier than others. All we can do is take each day as it comes, and not think too much about the future or what we’re missing out on right now. We’re all in this together, and life will, eventually get back to some sort of normality. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Body Happy when it does.
We hope that these tips help in keeping you well, but please do get in touch if you need to just talk to someone. We’re still at the end of the phone and would love to hear your voice! Stay well and look after yourselves.