The coronavirus crisis is still rumbling on, and – without realising it in many cases – most of us are feeling fatigued, stressed, overwhelmed or tired. Uncertainty and anxiety can cause all sorts of problems, both physically and emotionally in our bodies, so if you are not feeling yourself, the Buump Active crew wanted to give you some quick fire ideas to feel more like yourself again.
It’s completely OK not to be OK, so the most important thing is; if you still don’t feel better after implementing any of several self care ideas, please do seek advice, seek help and share your story with someone who can help.
In the meantime, here are 15 small things you can try to help you feel less stressed and less overwhelmed as we ride out the pandemic together:
Have a long, hot shower
Sometimes, a good hot shower or a long soak in the tub can do you the world of good…especially if you’ve been plodding around in yoga pants and dry shampoo for a few days!
Speak to an old friend
If you have a friend or family member that always cheers you up and fills you with happiness, give them a call or go mad and set up a zoom session. Chatting to someone who knows you well will always help you regroup and restore your faith in humanity.
Do something for someone else
Sometimes, doing something positive for others can help you feel better too. Can you man a phone line for local residents who may be isolated because of Covid, buy some bits for the local food bank or do some volunteering?
Go out for a brisk walk
Fresh air will always refocus your mind, and sometimes, just getting out of the house can work wonders for your wellbeing.
Get an early night
If you’re guilty of late night netflix binges, do yourself a big favour and get a really early night. Put your favourite pyjamas on, make yourself a hot choccie and have a read of a good book. It goes without saying that screens and devices are banned for the evening!
Play your favourite song – loud!
We all have that one song that is guaranteed to lift our spirits, make us smile and get us dancing! Put it on, play it loud and dance like nobody’s watching, even if they are!
Book a therapy session
If you have been feeling anxious or overwhelmed for a while, consider speaking to your local GP to find a local counsellor or therapist.
Ditch the social apps
Social media use has sky-rocketed over the last six months, which is hardly a shocker. Regardless, it’s very easy to become addicted to app-surfing, so if you’re feeling a little fatigued, do yourself a favour and try a digital detox.
Do one little thing
If you’re a sucker for procrastination or indecision, and it’s left you feeling a little bit fraught, do one positive thing to propel yourself out of the slum. Send one email, send one message, reply to one thing, book something. Just do one thing, the rest will follow.
Have an afternoon nap
If you have time, grab a restorative 40 winks on the sofa. It feels very luxurious but it may just reboot you and give you an energy boost.
Share your problems and worries
If you are worried about something in particular, try telling someone, no matter how silly it sounds. It’s practically guaranteed that you’ll feel better for sharing, and you might just figure out a solution with a fresh perspective on the matter.
Don your favourite outfit
Go and put on your favourite dress, your best jeans, your most beloved earrings or your party outfit. Stick some make-up on and do your hair. Because, why not?
Corona chaos has affected us all, but if you can organise something, even if it’s for 2021, do it! Speak to your friends or family, and try and get an event in the diary, be it a family get together, virtual quiz or mini break with the girls. Having something to aim for (restrictions permitting) can really boost your outlook on life.
It is so so easy to become dehydrated, and not drinking enough water can quickly make you feel sluggish and mentally brain-foggy. Aim to drink 2-3 litres a day if you can. You’ll be amazed at the difference in how you feel.
Do some exercise!
Exercise will release endorphins in your brain and make you feel better emotionally and mentally, as well as physically. Do some weights, get booked onto an online class or head out for a run. Aim to move your body every day for maximum benefit.
What are your favourite little ways to boost your wellbeing?