Tips for lockdown
As the pandemic continues to impact our community, we are all starting to feel the impacts of it on our social, emotional, and mental well being. But, with vaccines being deployed, and numbers starting to hold steady and decline, its more important that ever to maintain vigilance, and stay strong, healthy, and prepared.
We have compiled some proven self-care tips for you to incorporate into your daily routines to help you, your family, and your loved ones get through these next couple months::
Stay connected: we might not be able to physically gather together at the moment, but we are so lucky to have the advancements of technology to virtually connect us. Arrange weekly catch-ups with friends and family online, set up trivia nights, or online bake-offs. Get creative and have some fun!
10-minute meditation: that’s all you need. Find somewhere quiet to sit for 10 minutes and allow your mind to rest, while practising diaphragm breathing. If you have difficulty switching off, there are plenty of online resources for guided meditation such as headspace https://www.headspace.com/meditation/10-minute-meditation
1-hour exercise: we are so lucky to have so many outdoor activities on our doorstep. Now is the time to try something new. Ski, fat-bike, cross country skiing, or a stroll around the block as the snow falls. Look around and enjoy the magic.
Practice gratitude: once a day, spend a few minutes to think of three things you are grateful/thankful for. When you regularly practice gratitude, you experience positive emotions, feel more alive, and sleep better.
Keep a routine: this is an important part to create boundaries within the home and with your time. With more of us working from home, it’s important to get up at the same time every morning, complete your usual morning routine and walk to the next room aka the office. Once the workday is over it is important to leave the office for the day and attend to your usual after-work activities.
You are not alone, and we will get through this.
If you are feeling you are needing additional support please reach out at https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/