A recent survey shows that eight out of 10 Britons want the government to focus more on wellbeing than economic growth during the COVID 19 crisis  With this in mind we’ve compiled a list of simple things you can do each day to destress and work towards making your well-being a top priority.
Carve out “me time”
With schools shut until September and new work routines there has never been a more needed time for “me time.” If you live with your family or partner then tensions have likely built during the lock-down. Hectic work schedules, daily home-schooling and pandemic worries will all make home life more stressful. Make a point of having your own alone time where you can let go, refocus and destress. Whether that means doing nothing or taking up an old hobby like painting it all makes a difference. Taking time away from your busy schedule and thoughts will help reset your mind and make you sharper for your next task.
Make moving a priority
Gyms may still be closed but that doesn’t mean you should let your fitness slide. Aside from the obvious physical benefits staying active will aid your sleep, improve digestion and lift your mood. With summer approaching it’s a perfect time to hit the pavement and catch up on your step count. It’s not a one size fits all approach; choose an activity that you enjoy.
Live in the present
It’s such a simple concept but so few people do it! Unplug yourself from worries of the future and focus on the now. This is especially important during our current situation when we are constantly being bombarded with bad news. The situation is so delicate that we face uncertainty every hour. Focusing on what could happen or what might come into place will not make the situation better. Snap yourself out of this habit by working on yourself. Focus your time and energy into something that is actually tangible. Take up running and start working towards a 5k or enter that writing competition.
Be mindful of what you eat
It’s easy to eat without thinking, especially since we’ve spent the last couple of months in lockdown. The stress of the current situation coupled with more time at home can lead to unhealthier eating habits. You don’t have to restrict yourself but become more mindful of what you put into your body. Try swapping sugary or high-salt content foods with more nutritious snacks like carrots with hummus and fresh fruit. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself but moderation is key.
If you need help – ask for it
If you are struggling and need extra help or advice don’t be afraid to ask for it. Knowing when to reach out is a sign that you’re making your well-being a top priority. There are so many services out there that are free and confidential. The NHS has a whole page dedicated to support services that offers more information on who to seek for help.