‘5 Ways to Lockdown your Wellbeing’
To help us improve wellbeing during home living and social distancing, our Exercise Referral Instructor, Fran Andralojc, will be sharing her ‘5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing’ over the coming weeks, starting today.
Some of you may be aware of the 5 ways to wellbeing report, researched by the New Economics foundation and proven to improve an individual’s wellbeing when practised regularly. Fran has used similar concepts but with tweaks and changes adapted to our experiences during lockdown. For information on these, please follow the links: New Economics and Gov.uk.
Fran’s 5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing are:
- Boost positivity
- Eat well
- Stay active
- Keep in touch
- Help others when possible
This week, we are sharing the first way to lockdown your wellbeing. Fran introduces her first suggestion, boosting positivity!
You may think, how can I stay positive in the midst of all this, and why?
There are many ways you can look at things, but putting a positive spin on things in testing times can really help to boost your wellbeing. I believe that if you look for it, there is always a positive side to something. Focusing on positivity can help to boost your immune system, reduce stress and boost your energy. After all, our mindset has a bigger impact on how we feel than we realise.
There are a few things that I do regularly to stay on top of positivity which I wanted to share with you, in the hope that practising these regularly may help you to feel more positive too!
5 things I’m grateful for: Spending a little time each day to focus on what I’m grateful for. I like to do this before going to bed as it ends the day on a high and helps me feel thankful for what I have. So why not give it a try? Each evening you can say them out loud, write them down, or just think to yourself. What are 5 things you’re grateful for right now?
Take a moment to be mindful: Taking time out during the day to just focus on the present moment helps with grounding and I find that it helps to take my mind off any stressors. All days are different, and some days I may only manage a couple of minutes, but every minute counts. How about taking some quiet time either before you eat your lunch, or sometime in the afternoon. Do it anywhere that’s comfortable and just focus in on your breathing and the space around you. Take a look at the Your Home, Your Move hub and follow Charlotte’s relaxation and breathing video to assist you.
Now is all that matters: It’s easy to get carried away thinking or worrying about the future. When I feel like this, I remind myself that the only time we ever have full control over, is this moment, right now. If I’m feeling negative, I find a good way of bringing myself back to the present is choosing a colour, and counting everything around me that is that colour. It’s the really simple things that can help a lot!
Do something you enjoy: If you’re stuck in a bit of a rut and can’t seem to get out of it or change your mindset, try doing something you really enjoy, or that you know calms you. Have a think back to a time when you felt truly relaxed and recall what you were doing then. Can you recreate this? And if not, why not try any of the following:
- Have a warm, relaxing bath or refresh with a shower
- Do some drawing or colouring
- Call a friend for a chat
- Get some fresh air
- Do some exercise
- Stretch your body
- Practise some meditation
Fran’s next way to lockdown your wellbeing: ‘Eat well’ will be released next week. Fran is happy for you to email her directly if you have any questions on anything mentioned in this article.