Anyone feeling the strain of working from home, home-schooling, and general cabin fever? Us too! We’ve put together our Top 10 Tips for keeping mind and body healthy during these bizarre times.
Sleep isn’t just a way to rest – it’s a bodily function. When you’re asleep your body balances and regulates vital systems including respiration, circulation, growth, and immune response. During sleep, a fifth of your circulatory blood is channelled to your brain which is super important for memory function. So sleeping seriously helps you maintain strength, keep health, and remember stuff!
2. Reduce Stress – Seek out the Happy!
With so much daily uncertainty, it’s easy to feel information overload. Online Click-bait entices you to read the most shocking stories, often hyped up for entertainment value. Check your sources to make sure you aren’t being fed fake news.
Studies have shown anxiety caused by the news exacerbates our own personal worries, even if they’re unrelated. Consuming negative news increases levels of the stress hormone cortisol, linked to inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease and other health problems – limiting your news consumption will reduce stress and help maintain a healthy body.
So, why do we continue to watch!? By default, our brains are programmed to look for threats — a bit of leftover animal instinct. It’s called negativity bias. So, hunt out the good news – Captain Tom, BBC’s Uplifting Stories, and reduced pollution levels across the world. Seek out the happiness!
We had to mention it at some point! Those of you already flowing with us have experienced its magic! The gym’s closed, many boredom-related snacks have been eaten, and you’re climbing walls you’ve become too familiar with. Your mind and body feel cabin fever equally. Yoga can fix this! Fitness, meditation, and fun all in one… even if you do find yourself screaming at the Blessed teacher to please not make you do any more press-ups! Yoga increases muscle, aids bodily functions such as digestion, and increases flexibility. But the real magic is in its ability to ground and connect you, shift any stuck energy, to refresh your mind. Download the Blessed Yoga app and check out our YouTube channel to experience its wonderfulness for yourselves.
4. Be Social
Please don’t go calling your friends saying ‘Blessed Yoga told me to come and see you’! But technology offers lots of ways to see loved ones without putting people in danger. Organise a Zoom party or join an online class. Use this time for something you’ve always meant to do, but didn’t have time. Mind Body Medical are offering 25% off an online diploma in Herbal Medicine. Instagram’s @sketchbookbybethany is providing watercolour tutorials. Organise your own Friday night Zoom party and turn your living room into a nightclub! It’s easy to feel lonely during these uncertain times, but keep in touch with people!