The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the majority of the UK working from home as the government has asked everyone to reduce social interaction as much as possible. During this uncertain time maintaining your mental and physical wellbeing are of utmost importance.
1. Maintain your normal routine: As tempting as it can be to sleep in or work past your usual 5.30 pm finish, it is so important to maintain your normal routine to keep yourself grounded during uncertainty. Keeping a consistent sleep schedule by waking up and going to sleep at the same time every day is important because an irregular sleep schedule can cause irritability, drowsiness, mood swings, concentration and memory problems, headaches, and a decline in cognitive skills.
2. Stay connected with friends and family: To prevent loneliness and ensure you stay grounded at this unsettling time, schedule time to speak with friends and family. Make plans to video chat with people or groups you’d normally see in person. mind.org.uk, a mental health charity, recommends that if your home feels a little too quiet ‘listening to a chatty radio station or podcast’.
3. Support a healthy immune system with a well-balanced diet: Ensure you are eating a well-balanced diet filled with fruit and vegetables to support your immune system. Don’t worry – frozen and tinned fruit and vegetables count towards your five-a-day and these methods may preserve nutrients better than their fresh counterparts. There are several important immune-supporting nutrients such as copper, folate, iron, selenium, zinc and vitamins A, B6, B12, C and D. If you cannot get the recommended daily amount from your diet, then a supplement may be required. A vitamin D supplement is recommended by the NHS for all people in the UK between October and March due to a lack of sunlight and is especially important for those self-isolating during the pandemic.
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4. Try and get as much sunlight and nature as possible: Spending time in nature can have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing by making you feel more relaxed, reduce stress and boost your mood. If you are unable to get outside spend time with the windows open to get fresh air and try to have fresh flowers or potted plants around the house to bring nature indoors.
5. If well, incorporate physical activity: If you are stuck inside and are feeling well, then incorporating regular exercise into your day can benefit your physical and mental health. The NHS believes people who exercise regularly have up to a 30% lower risk of depression. Exercising at home can be as simple as walking or running up and down the stairs, cleaning your home, gardening, dancing to music or following online tutorials.