It is hard to keep you and your family healthy physically and mentally these days. Now is the time to get a bit creative in order to keep everybody healthy and sane while we are spending this time outside of our ‘normal’.
As we’re all spending this time at home, here are some ways you can keep you and your family well…
Challenge yourself to home workouts
Working out at home can be an adjustment, especially if you loved your pre-lockdown routine. But when you make it fun and try out some home workouts solo or with a family member, it can make exercising at home a lot more doable and effective.
For a home exercise plan and tips, find some apps like the 30 day fitness challenge app and see how you get on! Apps make it fun and easy to follow, along with more manageable exercise that you can do at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home.
Learn new family recipes
It is said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and spending some time here making some family recipes together is a bonding experience and can actually be a lot of fun! Many of us get stuck in a rut with what we cook each week, so now is great time to try out some new recipes.
You could try out some family recipes which have been passed down from generation to generation, as well as some healthy recipes that will boost your family’s health and wellbeing during this difficult time.
Try growing your own plants if you can
If you haven’t done so before, now is a great time to try growing your own plants and vegetables!
Taking care of plants and vegetables is a brilliant way to spend your lockdown time and engage the kids – they’ll thrive on having responsibility to care for a plant and it will give you all something to focus on each day.
Sleep well, but don’t oversleep
Quality sleep is essential for good health and your physical and mental wellbeing.
With many of us working from home or being furloughed, now is a good time to catch up on some sleep. However it is also important to not oversleep as it can make you groggy and it can become a habit all too easily.
Understand how much sleep your body actually needs to feel ready for the day ahead. The more you oversleep, the easier it is to continue doing so and it can actually leave you feeling a bit unmotivated to get up and be productive during the day.
We generally need between 7-9 hours of sleep each night, so make sure you’re getting what you need.
Keep your home clean and practice effective hand washing
We’re spending a lot of time at home, and keeping your home clean and disinfected is essential (especially right now).
Take the time to keep your home clean, practice gratitude for your space, and practice good hygiene such as hand washing, which we now know is key to beating coronavirus. Keeping your home clean and tidy can actually help with looking after your mental health and help you to feel less stressed.
With all the extra time you have at home, tackle some home projects you’ve been meaning to get to and declutter that space – you will feel amazing afterwards and like you have really achieved something.
Changing your daily life and routine is hard and living with so much uncertainty can cause a lot of anxiety. But it is important to keep some perspective on things. If you are lucky enough to have your family all together and healthy at home, then we should count our blessings. We will all get through this tricky time together.
Disclaimer: Written in collaboration with Mary Davis.