Wellbeing

9 ways to stay safe, sane and well at home.

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Posted 07/04/20

As we head into a time of ‘social distancing’, it may mean spending more time at home. For some of us this will be a time of family and a simpler life: but for many of us, it may be boring, frustrating or challenging. So here are 9 easy, doable ways to keep yourself (and your family) busy, productive and healthy during the coming weeks.

Stay home stay safe and set a routine

Above: Stay in routine - get up at the same time as usual

1. Set a routine

If you’re working from home, experts recommend keeping some sort of routine to create a sense of normality in your life. Try to include a couple of manageable goals in each day to give you a sense of purpose – and satisfaction when you get it done. But at the same time, put some boundaries around working at home or doing that to-do list, so you have some downtime as well..

Stay home stay safe Get fresh air

Above: Get fresh air - do yoga with your family in your garden.

2. Get some fresh air

If you feel like the walls are closing in, it’s really important to get out for at least a short walk or bike ride every day. You can do yoga or pilates on your lawn or deck, join an online workout, or set up an obstacle course for the kids in the yard. If you’re working from home, why not work on the deck or verandah on sunny days? The fresh air and change of view might even make you more productive!

Stay home stay safe eat healthy

Above: Now you have more time to create healthy recipes.

3. Eat well

It’s very easy to over-eat when the fridge and pantry is right there and there’s not much else to do. But as always, it’s vital to eat a healthy and balanced diet. In fact, if you have a bit more time up your sleeve, it means you can take time to plan your meals or create a healthier option than usual.

Stay home stay safe meditate

Above: Practice simple meditation.

4. Just breathe

This is a time of huge stress for many of us, so look after your emotional and mental health – and that of your loved ones. Practicing simple meditation or breathing is an easy (and free) way to feel calmer and less anxious and it can also strengthen your immunity too. Slow breathing, through yoga or mindfulness techniques, has been scientifically shown to help alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety and relieve insomnia. To achieve the benefits of slow, deep breathing, aim to breathe just six times a minute. Now relax.

Stay home stay safe have fun with the kids

Above: Turn up the music and dance.

5. Up the fun factor

Try not to worry about the ‘big picture’ too much: instead, practice feeling grateful for the little things in life. Above all, schedule some fun stuff to look forward to, like watching a comedy series or a light-hearted family movie. Try to turn boring jobs into fun jobs – like turning up the music and dancing while you’re doing the housework. And remember, if things are starting to get on top of you, talk to a friend or family member and tell them how you’re feeling.

Stay home stay safe Limit the news

Above: Limit the news time to reduce stress and anxiety.

6. Limit the news

We all want to stay informed, but constantly following and checking the news can very quickly lead to more stress and anxiety. Create boundaries and set regular times to catch up on the news, such as twice a day. And be very mindful of the effect of the constant barrage of bad news on younger children – consider getting your news from other sources, rather than having the TV on in front of them.

Stay home stay safe stay connected

Above: Stay connected with family and friends by video chatting.

7. Stay connected

Social distancing doesn’t mean completely cutting ourselves off from others - in fact, right now, we need each other more than ever. Especially if you’re living on your own, try to reach out to at least one person every day (friends, family, neighbours, the elderly), to check in on how they are doing. Making dates for ‘virtual coffee’ or ‘virtual drinks’ with friends and family is a great way to stay connected and give you something to look forward to.

Stay home stay safe have plenty of sleep

Above: Get plenty of sleep to reboot.

8. Get plenty of zzzzz’s

Sleep is when your body reboots and repairs itself, so why not take this rare opportunity to get more sleep? Experts recommend that adults need at least seven hours of sleep to function and be productive, so use this time of social distancing to go to bed earlier or even have the occasional lie-in.

Stay home stay safe get creative with the kids

Above: Get creative at home and keep the kids entertained.

9. Get creative

Make the most of the extra downtime and reduce your anxiety levels by engaging your right brain. Writing, baking, dancing, time in nature, painting, reading, these are all great creative outlets for you to channel your emotions into. Who says you can’t turn the music up loud and dance in your living room? No one, so dance away!

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