Living a healthy, balanced life when you’re busy isn’t always easy. Throw in a pandemic dominating headlines and tipping your anxiety levels over the edge and any priorities of putting your wellbeing first seem to fly out the window. In reality, though, there couldn’t be a better time to focus on your physical and mental health. Below we share 10 simple ways to bring wellbeing back into your life.
Get Some Headspace
We firmly believe that a healthy mind will help give you a healthy body. That’s why we recommend practising mindfulness every day. It can take a while to form this habit, and at first 15 minutes will feel like a luxuriously long amount of time to sit quietly and reconnect with yourself but when you discover how much better and more productive it will make the rest of your day, you’ll be hooked. Our favourite time to practice is definitely first thing in the morning. Sometimes we’ll use a meditation app (we’re currently loving Third Ear, their Moon Rituals are amazing) or we’ll just simply find a few minutes of quietness before we get up and pop the kettle on.
Kick-start the Engine
A great way to help your liver its natural detoxification function is to drink hot water with a shot of lemon juice and a spoonful of Manuka honey first thing in the morning. The lemon gives you a vitamin C kick, and the Manuka honey is known for its antibacterial properties making this tonic a perfect way to boost immunity.
Breakfast Improvisation 101
We’ve all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but if you’ve got kiddies to feed and get dressed or you’ve simply slept through your alarm, it’s easy to see why breakfast can sometimes slip down the priority list! If you often find yourself rushing in the morning, whether you’re WFH or not, you need to have your ‘healthy breakfast in a hurry’ waiting in the wings so whatever comes your way in the morning, you’ve got a healthy meal to start your day right. We’ve got ours down to a down to a fine art. A bowl of overnight oats is our first go-to. It does require a few minutes of prep the night before but they are so versatile you can really mix up the combos. Failing that, we’re obsessed with Deliciously Ella’s on-the-go Muesli Pots. Add some milk (we often opt for nut milk) and away you go!
Sitting at a desk is not one of the best things that we can do for our health. Stiff neck and shoulders and tension in the back are all common complaints. Apart from standing and walking around regularly, we’ve learnt this nifty stretch that will feel so so good! Using a yoga belt (or a scarf), hold it in your hands, slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Move over your head back and forth to release the tension that builds up there. Do this a couple of times a day for about a minute each time. It helps stop you hunching over and is also good for your posture. Founder of Ballet Blast, Saskia Gregson-Williams has some great stretch routines for desk workers over on her insta.
Take Time Out
They say a change is as good as a rest, so imagine how powerful it is when you have both. We’re all on high alert right now and stress levels can go from 0-60 a lot quicker than normal so we believe it’s really important to invest in rest and reconnect with ourselves again. Whether it’s something as extravagant as biting the bullet and booking a trip of a lifetime (and praying travel restrictions don’t hamper it) or simply picking a weekend where you commit to leaving your phone out of sight, book a date with yourself and you’ll feel a million times more refreshed!
Dress to de-stress
With home-life and work-life more blurred than ever, dressing has actually never been more important in our minds. Removing your “work” clothes is an important step to feeling less stressed and will better define the hours in your day. You’re acknowledging the change in pace and you’re putting an emphasis on relaxation. That can totally be two different sets of loungewear! But have a handful of outfits that are still comfortable, but a little more “put together” for the day and then your cosiest cashmere set for when 6pm rolls around. This will help with your morning and evening routine.
Our bodies need to move! This is what we were made for. We like to keep it fun and varied, combing scenic walks in the park, reformer classes at Heartcore, or Yoga with Adrienne in the comfort of our living room. Find something you really enjoy and definitely don’t be afraid to try new styles of working out! Now more than ever it’s so important for our mental health and getting through tough times.
Learn New Things
We’re big fans of engaging in content that teaches us something completely new to boost happiness and keep the brain ticking over. We’re so lucky to be able to learn and have access to information at the click of a button; we really should make more of that privilege. Whether that be an app, a podcast, a blog or a book, you’ll discover worlds you never knew existed and hey, you might even find a new hobby, craft or community that ignites a passion you never knew you had.
words by Molly Jennings