It’s fair to say that 2020 has been a strange year. So much has happened in the world in the last six months that even the most happy-go-lucky amongst us have had to find new ways to cope with worry, stress and uncertainty. All the weeks at home have taught us that it’s ok to slow down, to take our lives at a simpler pace and appreciate what we have. It’s time to be kinder to the planet, to others and most importantly to ourselves. One of the most important things to do now is to take the time to take stock and here are some simple steps to making sure we have a balanced mind.
1. Walking. Get out, into the fresh air and get your body moving. We’ve all learned since lockdown about the importance of getting outside and getting some exercise. It’s free therapy!
2. Keep moving. Gyms are great but so are home workouts. Do some yoga, a little pilates or some PE with Joe Wicks in your living room. A 40 minute burst of exercise will get the oxygen flowing and those endorphins up!
3. Talk it out. We’ve all become experts at FaceTime and Zoom and not being able to physically see someone is now no excuse to not speak to them. That old saying, a problem shared is a problem halved, is true and getting another perspective on things always a good idea.
3. Talk it out. We’ve all become experts at FaceTime and Zoom and not being able to physically see someone doesn’t mean that you can’t speak to them. That old saying, a problem shared is a problem halved, is true and getting another perspective on things always a good idea.
4. Shed some tears. A good cry is sometimes the one thing that can make you feel better. Pent up emotion can really get you down so put on sad movie and let those tears flow. Sometimes allowing yourself to feel emotions such as sadness, rather than avoiding them, can help to work through the feeling.
5. Start learning how to breathe. You might think that’s ridiculous, you breathe all the time, right? Well it’s how you breathe that’s important. One type of breathing can stimulate the fight or flight reflex, while the other is calming. Here are three breathing techniques you can try:
The 7-2-11 Breath: Inhale quietly thought your nose for a count of seven, hold it for two and exhale for a count of 11. As you exhale make a “shooooosh” sound with your mouth. This breath works like a natural sleeping tablet and completely relaxes the nervous system.
Belly Breathing: Lie down if you can but if that’s not possible, sit comfortably with your hands relaxed. Breathe in deeply from your abdomen getting as much air as you can into your lungs. As you inhale your belly should rise, and as you exhale it should fall. Deep breaths into your belly allow you to take in more oxygen and the more you take in the deeper you’ll breathe and the more relaxed you’ll feel.
A Humming breath: You may have done this before at the end of a yoga class or as part of a group meditation. It is great for anyone struggling to sleep or feeling anxious as it creates focus from distracting thoughts. Take a long breath in through the nose and as you exhale create a humming sound in the throat. Close your eyes, and as you exhale put your fingers in your ears. It might feel a bit odd but it can help to soothe the mind and nervous system.
6. Work from the inside out. Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet and that you’re not relying on convenience foods to get you through. Fruits, veg, complex carbs and fibre are all important to keeping a balanced body and mind. Adding a supplement to you daily routine can help make sure you’re getting all your essential vitamins and minerals. Cleanmarine For Women is a unique all-in-one Omega 3, Phytonutrient and Vitamin blend designed specifically to offer nutritional support to women from 15 - 40 years. Each capsule is packed with Omega-3 with Phospholipids, Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and D3, as well as Rosemary Extract and Soy Isoflavones. Vitamin B6 helps to regulate hormonal activity, support energy production and reduce tiredness and fatigue and Vitamin B2 helps to maintain normal skin.
7. Comparison can be the thief of joy. It can be easy to look at other people on social media and imagine they have it all “together”. We never truly know what anyone else is going through, however. Unfollow accounts on social media that don’t make you feel good; and try setting limits to how much time you spend on social media.