The world as we know it may be on hold, but that doesn’t mean our responsibilities are.
Regardless of what your current situation, you likely still have work to do: laundry to be folded, food to be cooked, and dishes to be cleaned. Although these tasks are essential, it is necessary to take time to let off some steam, relax, and have fun. Whether it was going out to dinner with your friends, sweating it out at the gym, or bowling with your family, our outlets are important to our well-being. With some of our favourite things to do being inaccessible to us, it is important to find a new way to hit the pause between your daily tasks.
Why? Taking mini-breaks can offer several benefits: it is an opportunity for distraction, a time for creative expression, and a release from the tension and stress we have built up. All of which, reduce mental fatigue, boost brain function, and allows us to re-focus. Below, we have gathered some ideas for effective break-taking that will keep you moving forward..
In the wise words of MIKA, “Relax, take is eeeeeeasy”
“Physical activity improves health and well-being. It reduces stress, strengthens the heart and lungs, increases energy levels, helps you maintain and achieve a healthy body weight and it improves your outlook on life.”
We all know the benefits of moving our bodies, but sometimes it’s easy to forget to actually do it. Setting aside time every day to get your blood flowing is essential, even if that means setting an alarm on your phone to remind you.
- Meditating (Not sure where to start? There are lots of free guided meditations online!)
- Yoga (Youtube has lots of choices when it comes to guided yoga flows. You can choose any duration and do it wherever you want in your house!)
- Home Exercising
Social & Emotional
Even though we are social distancing, we don’t have to be isolated. Setting aside time in a day connect with others and yourself emotionally is important for our well-being. Here are some ideas:
‘Meet’ your friend for coffee – set aside an hour in your day to call your friend over a cup of coffee
Listen to music – have a dance party, either by yourself or over a video call
Browse through old photos – call your family and ask for the stories behind their pictures (and write them down so you don’t forget!)
Create art – you can do this by yourself or over video
Thankfully, Mental Health is starting to get the attention it deserves. Humans are emotional creatures, that don’t often function well under stress (especially during a pandemic). Having a good mindset during challenging times can help make getting through them easier. Some of the following may help you focus on your brain:
- Journal (To help get you started, check out this article!)
- Power nap (Make sure you’re getting enough sleep! Many European countries function on a midday nap, why shouldn’t you?)
- Watch a TED Talk