2020 was a tough year for everyone, and we were all hoping that 2021 was going to be the dawn of much better times, but so far this year has not been amazing for most people with Covid still causing chaos and with it bringing its fair share of stress. Its cold outside and it is so tempting to just hide under a big blanket and never get out of bed again, but the real world is calling and we need to focus on finding ways to help us cope with the stresses and help ourselves feel better.
Any form of exercise get the blood pumping and the 'happy hormones' flowing. Any type of exercise will do, you just need to do it regularly. Even during a lockdown we are always allowed to go out for a walk or go to Youtube and find a yoga or stretch video to follow along with. When we are not in lockdown find a heated pool and go for a swim, sign up for Pilates or maybe a boxing class to let the frustration out. It is hard to get motivated to move in the middle of winter, but your mental and physical health will benefit so much from daily movement.
Vitamin D is produced naturally by the body when exposed to direct sunlight, and has a huge effect on our happiness levels. Lack of time outside in winter can see a spike in depression and so a supplement is so important for your vitality.
Magnesium is another element that we are often deficient in due to soils that our vegetables are grown in are often overworked. Not only does this mineral work wonders on our stress levels, you also get the added benefit of muscle relaxation and reduced cramping when you take this supplement.
CRANK UP THE VOLUME
Listening to high vibe music is a fabulous way to feel better. Create a playlist that only has songs on it that you really love and do not have words in them that may upset you or make you rehash past hurts. Turn up the volume, pop your head phone on and do some cleaning, go for a walk or get the ironing done. Not only will you get a task done that is not fun, but you will feel so good when its complete.
GET LOST IN A GOOD BOOK
Make time to read everyday. Its not only a good way to get some rest time, but books or a really good movie is a great distraction for a brain that is so busy processing all the negative stuff. Visit your local library to get great reads for free, or subscribe to a book service if you prefer to read electronically. Audible is another great option if you would prefer to just get cosy on the couch and let some one else do the reading for you.
When we are stressed, we tend to breathe with short quick breaths. One of the quickest ways to feel calm, is to purposefully concentrate on breathing in slowly and deeply. Start with three big breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth trying to fill the lungs to capacity and releasing every last bit of the breath. Allow your breathing to return to normal and then do it again. There are some great apps that you can download on to your phone that will give you guided breathing exercises to help improve your breath work.
Taking time out doing things you enjoy is not selfish but a necessity during these trying times. Your health will benefit and so will everyone around you and there is plenty of professional help out there if you need it, just ask your GP. You are worth it!