It’s so important to make sure you take good care of your body, mind, and soul every day, not just when you get sick. Learning how to eat right, reduce stress, exercise regularly, and take a time-out when you need it are the touchstones of self-care and can help you stay healthy, happy, and resilient.
This month, the Collins Square community shared their best tips on self care, and how you can take the first step in taking time for you.
Putting effort into all of my meals while in lockdown. it's easy to fall into a pattern of lazy eating while at home, however I have the additional time spent preparing and cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner pays dividends with my concentration and sleep!
I think it's a must that you treat yourself to your favourite meal once in a while. Splurge a little extra and take yourself away on a delicious taste-bud vacation.
Kevin, Grant Thornton
Dial into team meetings and webinars from your phone whilst out on a walk, and get your steps up.
My go-to is moving my body, whether its a HIIT workout, a weights session, a yoga flow or even a stroll to soak up what nature has to offer, I always feel so much better once I get up and get moving. Its amazing what it does for my mental health and wellbeing.
With Spring upon us a brisk walk during the day helps break up work and time away from screens. For those that feel like they can't get away, if you're invited to a meeting that doesn't require you to present, consider attending on your phone and going for a walk also.
I step outside, bare feet on grass and I take deep breaths! Really helps shift a stressed mood into a happier one.
Win the morning, win the day. I always take time to myself in the morning, by doing exercise, listening to a podcast or music, sitting in my favourite chair to drink a coffee and reflect before I log on for work.
Learning when to say no to help me prioritize well-being over obligations that may take away from self-care time.
Before bed, I put on my LED light face mask for 10 minuets and it allows me to have that time to close my eyes and think about my day, away from a phone.
Set aside time for communication with family and friends. Its easy to loose that connection with people when you are home all the time. Sheduling catch up calls or online games nights is important for my social wellbeing.
My go to self care tip is to ensure I get some unconditional love from my cat while at home. This is hugely beneficial for my self care as my cat definitely helps reduce my stress.
My self care tip that I have learned during this lockdown is to always smile at people when you are crossing paths while walking. This gives you a sense of belonging in the community and firms the belief that ‘we are all in this together’. Just saying a distant hello to people around you gives off a positive vibe that we all love especially in these difficult times. So folks don't shy away from waving your hands or giving a smile next time.
Using 'The Third Space' to switch off from work at the end of the day and focus on what needs to be done at home. It’s hard to switch off whilst working from home so my biggest self-care tip is using the 3 R's of the Third Space to reflect, rest and reset. It’s essentially the gap between the end of the working day and the start of the evening at home. When I was working in the office I was able to do this whilst cycling home, however, now I do this whilst going to collect the kids or walking the dog. It really helps me to be able to focus on my family in the evening and makes me feel much calmer.
Music & Reading
Simply – music. Whatever hits your singalong spot. This reminds me to get up and move a little, and who doesn't love a dance?
A good read to relax with a cup of coffee...absolutely the best!