Hands up! Who’s routine has been turned upside down? Don’t worry, we’re here with seven easy ways to look after yourself, all from the comfort of home.
Creating a healthy structure can help you find some order in your day. Set your alarm and get up at the same time, keep a ‘getting ready’ morning routine, stick to set meal times, plan your meals, and finally hit the sack at the same time too. Then you can use the in-between hours to plan in activities, get your to-do list done, or simply chill out. If you’ve got kids, building a daily routine will also help them feel more settled - and that means less chaos for everyone.
With our daily step counts in nose dive, it's important to find ways to get your body moving, not just for your fitness but for your mental health too. You can do YouTube workouts with the kids (hello Joe Wicks), or set up a makeshift bootcamp in the garden. Try skipping on the patio, running up and down the stairs, jogging around the block or even just getting the family out once a day for your daily walk. There's plenty you can do to keep your body and your mind healthy, plus it's an opportunity to try something new. Always wanted to get into yoga or pilates? Well now's your chance! For inspiration check out the NHS Fitness Studio which has a range of on-demand classes from post-natal yoga to belly dancing, 24 hours a day.SHOP SPORTSWEAR
Sticking to a healthy diet and building healthy meals from scratch can be a challenge at the best of times. And when you’re at home feeling stressed, it’s so easy to reach for the comfort food. But the benefits of keeping a healthy diet for you and your family will be worth it, not just for your waistlines but also for your moods. Look online for simple store cupboard recipes and see what you can whip up with tins, pasta and rice. Stay hydrated with water instead of sugary drinks and try to eat foods that make you feel good too. Fish, nuts, dark green vegetables, seeds, oats, yogurt, eggs and poultry all boost serotonin, the happy hormone in our brains. Plus, these protein-packed meals will keep you fuller for longer. If you need to, hide any unhealthy snacks and limit yourself to one a day, or even one a week. But be kind to yourself, remember the 80:20 rule, if you stick to your plan 80% of the time, you can have a little bit of what you fancy too.SHOP DINING
Playing isn’t just for kids! You can get creative by drawing, getting crafty, painting, cooking and even gardening. Whether you stick to projects on your own, or get the whole family involved, letting your creative side out can be calming and a great escape from the day to day.
Plan some daily 'me' time to do things that make you feel good. You could try mindfulness or meditation, keep up a good skincare regime, soak in a hot bath, read a book or listen to a podcast. Check out our top 12 podcasts here. You could also ditch the loungewear and get dressed in jeans and a pretty top, or even just paint your nails. Sometimes little things can make a big difference to how you feel, putting you in the strongest frame of mind to better look after everyone else.SHOP BEAUTY
With contact to the outside world largely limited to our screens right now, it's so easy to spend time scrolling, Instagram and news alerts. But it's important to take a moment to be present, put phones and laptops away for an hour or so, hang out with your partner, play games with the kids, put your family favourite movie on and all snuggle on the sofa or read a book. Shut out the world for a while and give all your attention to what’s happening right now, in the moment.SHOP NIGHTWEAR
We all know that a good night's sleep is important for your health and well being. But it can be hard to stick to your usual routine at the moment. Try waking up and going to bed at the same time, even at weekends, shutting off any mobiles or laptops an hour before bed, exercising in the daytime and not eating a big meal too close to bedtime. These are easy steps to take for a good night's rest. Also, now’s a great time to refresh your bedding. Have you got the right tog duvet and supportive pillows? Once you’ve got all that sorted, you’ll be in dreamland in no time.
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