“What the heck are you on about now Jo?” “Your wellbeing when you are working from home, that’s what I am on about….”.
In these COVID times, looking after our wellbeing is no longer optional. It’s essential and almost our duty to take care of ourselves and stay as fit and well as possible and in doing so stay safe.
Wellbeing is our combined physical and mental wellbeing, and if not looked after can lead to us feeling physically and or mentally unwell. Not good!
And – our systems have never been more under attack, there is the very real worry of catching the Corona Virus, and then the impact on our mental health caused by higher levels of anxiety and low mood due to worrying about our health, our loved ones, work, money, lockdown the world…. the list is endless. Physically, many of us are now working from home and despite “permission to exercise from Boris” may not even be leaving the house, or have the motivation to look after our physical health.
So how do you look after your wellbeing, especially when you may feel it is a bit of an overused word and “yawn”, I know I should but just can’t be bothered or work out how to do it.
Great news – there are a ton of ways that you can look after your wellbeing, and what’s good for you, may not be good for me, or in other words, one size does not fit all. Hence “trainers and woo woo optional”.
For me, putting on my trainers and going out for a run is my biggest wellbeing focus. Running makes me feel strong, connected, helps me switch off my mind and makes me feel like I am achieving something. I build it into my week and days as routinely as I build in other essential tasks and jobs. But, running is not for everyone, others may prefer a more spiritual approach – “woo woo” if you like. Meditation, chanting, tree-hugging – you name it, there is lots of this stuff out there. It’s not for me – but if it works for you, then that is fantastic.
In between running and woo woo there are many other things that you can do to support your wellbeing. I have put an easy guide together with some suggestions in four areas:
- Movement and energy – simple energising things you can build into your day and from your desk
- Connect and give – encouragement to reach out and get involved with others
- Fuel – for your body comes in many different guises, a balance of them all is ideal
- Take Notice – savour the moment, small tasks and things to focus on that can distract and lift you
Take a look and see if there are two or three things that resonate with you and have a go. Don’t give up after day one, keep going and try to make them habits which as we know can take a bit of time. Set yourself a goal that feels comfortable, maybe once a day, three times a week – whatever feels right and persevere. Maybe have an accountability partner as per my hints and tips section, this is where you tell someone what you are going to do (a friend, family member or work colleague) and as a result, you are more likely to do it.
Hope it helps and as a result, you feel energised and better able to cope.
Let me know how you get on, oh and if you like the image with this blog post the very lovely and talented Judith MacGregor is the artist.