Our top tips for self-care in 2020
It’s important to look after yourself all the time, but as this year has proved particularly challenging, self-care and taking the time to look after yourself has never been more essential. It’s no secret that this has been a tough year for everyone. Whether it be the cancellation of the events and classes we usually enjoy, the overwhelming news cycle or the blurred lines between home and work life – we’ve all been taking on a lot more so far this year.
As we explored in a previous blog post you can read here, there is a strong connection between mind and body that must be carefully nurtured to keep all aspects of our lives in balance. Without wanting to add to your 2020 to-do list, here are a few tips from us on how to look after your mind and body, during a time when many are experiencing what has been described by Michelle Obama as “low-grade depression” during the pandemic.
Everyone knows that to feel good, you have to move your body. There is an undeniable connection between mind and body which means our thoughts and feelings influence your experience of physical pain. So movement is vital, but this doesn’t have to be in any particular way. Sometimes just taking a short walk or dancing around to your favourite music can be just as useful, and cathartic, as a structured exercise class or fitness regime.
It’s important to move, but it’s just as important to consider rest in your busy day and week to maintain a healthy balance. Movement and rest are a team, and one does not negate the need for the other. To be at our best, we need to incorporate both into our daily routines in a healthy way. So if that looks like a short nap or stealing fifteen or twenty minutes away from the task at hand to complete a yoga flow, take the time to do what makes you feel your best.
We recommend trying to find small ways to incorporate rest into your busy schedule, such as a short yoga practice, ten minutes of peace and quiet or even a guided meditation. There are plenty of quick YouTube videos for this sort of thing which are great as well as many free apps like Headspace and Calm. The small moments you can take for yourself are key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and that all starts with checking in on yourself.
As the seasons start to change again, it’s easy to forget about all of the little wellness check-ins you’ve become accustomed to in the warmer months. But with the usual cold weather bugs to think about as well as Covid-19, it’s important to keep an eye on your general health and wellbeing as the darker nights draw in.
Our top tip is to think about how you’re going to get all of the important vitamins the body needs to fight off infection and keep us healthy like vitamins C and D. You might be noticing it’s darker when you wake up and getting darker earlier and earlier each night. Try to work around this by going for a short walk during your day. Just five or ten minutes’ exposure to daylight can do wonders for your health and happiness too.
Be kind to yourself
The most important thing we can share with you this year, and always, is to be kind to yourself. This has been a challenging year for all, and it’s not surprising that sometimes it feels difficult to cope with the smallest of things that usually wouldn’t phase us. So remember that you are only human and that you’re doing your best. Most importantly, remember to take care of yourself like you would one of your friends, check in on yourself and make sure you’re giving yourself everything you need.
We are open
Despite all the many new restrictions in place, we remain open for business and have taken all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all of our staff and clients. Need a little helping hand with wellness this year? Why not come and see us?
Booking in advance remains essential, and we have a Covid-19 survey issued to all patients 24 hours before any scheduled appointment. Currently, our massage appointments are limited to 30 minutes, in line with government guidance, but that won’t stop us from helping you to feel at your best, both mentally and physically.