Being cooped up indoors all day can be challenging – especially if you are someone who finds comfort in the great outdoors. While more people across the globe are practising social isolation than ever before, some are finding it more difficult than others. It’s never easy to be away from family, friends, and fun colleagues, but there are, thankfully, a few ways to look after your wellness and health.
Wellness refers to the state of your mental, emotional, social, and physical wellbeing, which looks different for everyone. Each of these factors, of course, have a strong influence on all aspects of your life and the concept is closely intertwined with your home, work, and social life, as well as lifestyle choices and health status. Improving one area of your wellness usually means that other areas will benefit too.
Plan, Budget, and Set Up a Routine
One way to gain back a little control of your current situation is to plan. Carefully work out your budget, plan future activities for when you’re out and about again, and try to stick to a routine that gives you a sense of purpose. This is especially useful if you work from home and want to boost your productivity – but remember that taking a day off once in a while is okay too.
Strive for Balance
When left to our own devices, we often find it more challenging to balance certain activities. Watching too much television, sleeping or eating too much or too little, and even consuming a lot of social media are all too easy. Aiming for a balanced lifestyle will help you feel better about yourself and may prove a valuable time of unlearning bad habits too.
Maintain Social Connections
For many, being alone at home brings on intense feelings of loneliness and possibly even depression. It is vital to remember that while this is undoubtedly a burdensome time, loved ones are but a call or text message away. If you can, try to maintain regular telephonic or online contact with family and friends during this time because a reliable support system is a valuable aspect of your wellness.
Touch Base with Your Doctor
If you feel that you might be struggling with changes in mood, appetite, and dealing with being mentally unwell, don’t be afraid to check in with your GP. During this stressful period, putting your wellbeing first is vital and will prove beneficial in the long run.
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