As we start to get used to the mechanics of long-term working from home it’s easy to neglect both our physical and mental health. We asked our wonderful Wellness Manager, Roxy Danae, for her key advice for staying active and taking care of your mental wellbeing during these challenging times.
Here are Roxy’s top five tips:
- Find a routine
Keeping a regular routine will not only give structure to your day but it will help you separate your working day from your downtime. Get up early, have something to eat and get dressed. It might be tempting to stay in your pyjamas all day, but you’ll be more productive if you put on proper clothes. Plus, you won’t get caught out on any improtu video calls!
- Be mindful
Meditation can be something that many people find difficult or simply avoid. Now is the perfect time to practice meditation and find time to soothe your stress. There’s plenty of self-guided online meditation apps such as Headspace and Calm, which can help you practice meditation for ten minutes every day. Meditation helps reduce inflammation in the body, forms new neurological pathways in your brain, helps with productivity and creativity and keeps us grounded.
- Get creative
We now have more time to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill, and with so much technology at our fingertips the options are endless. You don’t have to be artistic to get creative, try your hand at knitting, tackle a paint by numbers or learn a new language. The benefit of having added time is you can try more than one hobby. Not a fan of cross stich? Try a yoga class for beginners online!
- Practice gratitude
Taking time out of your day to remind yourself of the things you’re grateful for can be transformative. Work it into your daily meditation or take a few minutes at the start or end of your day to reflect on what you have. The act of practicing gratitude helps us to reframe a negative situation into a positive.
- Stay active
It can be very easy to avoid exercise when working from home but it’s vital for both mental and physical wellbeing. Use this opportunity to train areas of your body you’ve previously neglected, invest in a kettlebell or a pair of dumbbells and add some variety to your workouts. There’s a number of free exercise classes on YouTube so try something different to your normal routine.
To support the industry’s wellbeing, we’re pleased to announce that we will be launching a weekly Virtual Yoga for Comms class. The hour-long classes will for four weeks, every Wednesday at 6pm starting 8 April. Register for your personal wellness and enjoy a yoga class from the comfort of your home.