Your health and wellbeing is important, especially during difficult times with coronavirus. You may be self-isolating, working from home or socially distancing yourself from others, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy, happy and in a good mental space.
The best ways to keep our bodies healthy are to:
- Eat healthy foods
- Drink plenty of water, and limit alcohol to the recommended levels
- Sleep well
- Keep smokefree
We understand this is easier said than done, especially now. How can we keep our minds healthy and our bodies active whilst avoiding the outdoors?
Firstly, One Small Step can help you get physically active and improve your diet by providing advice and guidance over the phone or digitally. Our Health Trainers can help you set and reach your health goals. To access this free service, cal: 01392 908 139l or take the online assessment. Alternatively, you can find out more on our website. We are also providing our 12-week Stop Smoking support over the telephone and digitally to help if you have any concerns about the risks of Covid-19 as a smoker.
Ideas to keep active:
- At home yoga (some examples below but there are many more on the internet to suit everybody)
Online exercise workouts – One place to look is the NHS website, it provides a variety of workout programmes with pictures from:
- Gym free workouts
- 10-minute workouts
- Sitting exercises
- Strength exercises
- Balance exercises
- Flexibility exercises
- Other places to look are The Body Coach TV YouTube channel, This Girl Can and One You by Public Health England
- Dance to music
- Clean your home
- Going up and down stairs – be careful!
Some ideas to keep your mind occupied:
- Colouring in – colouring in is good for the mind and is very relaxing
- Baking – Cook up a storm in the kitchen. Whether you are a good chef or just starting out, it is always fun to start baking. And, you’ll have something you can eat at the end of it.
- Puzzles – puzzles can keep your mind active, whether it is sudoku, a crossword, or a jigsaw puzzle, get your mind active
- Clay making – Make a model, make a bowl, make some characters for your child to play with or simply mess around
- Painting – it is messy but can end in beautiful results and is super fun. Try following some videos on YouTube, finger paint with children or create your own masterpiece.
- Writing – Even if it is just a diary of how you are feeling, what you have done, or some words on paper about what you could be doing, writing is relaxing and soothing. Who knows, you could end up writing a novel.
- Planting – order some seeds and start an indoor garden, plants can improve the breathing quality in your house, can brighten up the space and can keep you busy with planting, watering and growing. If you choose an edible plant, the results can then go towards your cooking.
- Keep in contact – make sure you call and video chat your friends and relatives, loneliness is bad for you both physically and mentally and can put a strain on your body.
- Get a full 8 hours – it is easy to forget that sleep is linked to health, now is a great time to make sure you are getting enough sleep to boost your immune system.