With COVID Lockdown's still affecting half of the country, we asked our Wellness Ambassador, Whitney, to give us some more tips on how we can stay healthy and well during this tough time. Here's what Whitney had to say:
1. Get outside as much as you can
Under the current Stay At Home orders affecting half the country, it can be easy to spend all our time indoors. But we can still go outside for daily exercise and, If you're lucky enough to have some backyard space, you can get outside even more.
HERE'S TWO EASY WAYS TO GET YOUR DOSE OF THE OUTDOORS:
- Ocean swim. Even just a quick dip is a surefire way to hit the reset button and boost your energy levels. A swim in the ocean will help reduce your stress levels, promote muscle relaxation, and can trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin.
- 10 minutes of exposed sunshine. A little bit of exposed sunshine every day is good for us - but be sure to not spend too long in it without sun protection. Soaking up some sun is a natural mood booster that increases Vitamin D levels, regulates Melatonin levels, lowers blood pressure and induces relaxation.
2. Create boundaries on how much social media and TV you consume
HERE'S MY ADVICE IN CREATING NEWS AND SOCIAL MEDIA BOUNDARIES:
- Clear out your facebook and instagram news feeds! Be conscious about what you are filling your feed with and how it makes you feel. Unfollow or Unfriend anyone that makes you feel bad about yourself, or who doesn't add anything positive to your life.
- Start the day without it. Try banning yourself from your phone, TV and radio for at least the first 30-60min of your day. Use this time to start your day with more wholesome activities - maybe cooking yourself a nice brekky or going for a morning walk?
- Turn it off before bed. Turn off your phone, the news and any other technology an hour before you go to bed. Try winding down by reading a book, journalling or meditating instead.
- Turn off notifications for social media and news apps. Notifications prompt us to mindlessly open these apps way more than we need to. For some people, it might not be possible to switch their notifications off all the time, but trying it for at least one full day a week (maybe Sunday's?) can be a great start.
- Start Small. Like anything, you should start small with your limits on news and social media. Once you have your smaller limitations down pat, you can try and impose more.
3. Eat mindfully and with intent
HERE'S MY ADVICE TO EATING MINDFULLY AND WITH INTENT:
- Sit down and enjoy. With many of use leading busy lives, it can be easy to rush through meal-time. This lockdown might be the perfect excuse to take time out to actually sit and enjoy your meals with no distractions (this means no phone!).
- Think before you eat. Ask yourself if you are really hungry or is it emotional hunger/boredom?
- Think about what you eat. Eat foods that energise you and make you feel good. Ask yourself what is this food giving me? Is it nourishing my body? How does this food usually make me feel?
- Chew slowly and actually taste the flavours. Don’t inhale your meal! Put your knife and fork down in-between mouth fulls and properly chew your food.
- Don't overeat. Tune into your fullness levels - stop when you’re satisfied and understand you can always go back and eat more.
- Remove negative thoughts about food. Guilt manifests as physical stress, which has a domino effect on the mind and body. If negative thoughts creep up before or after you eat, just breathe them out.
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