5 tips to restore your wellbeing
We have been in isolation for some time now and many people are starting to notice their wellbeing decline. Things that you would normally do for your mental health and happiness like socialising & getting out and about you are no longer able to do. This can take some adjusting to and for many of us, it can start to feel like the world is crashing in a bit. Sound familiar? Well, you’re not alone! Luckily, there are some simple things that you can do to look after yourself while self-isolating. I’m going to share some of them here.
Just remember that this is only temporary & it will pass. One day it will be just a brief moment in our long lives where we had to bunker down for the safety of ourselves and the rest of the community. Keep reminding yourself that you will get to see your friends again, you will get to travel again and you will get to have an on-campus tutorial again!!! This is only temporary.
Stay connected with your friends
Even if an in-person meet-up is off the table, try to stay in touch with your friends via text, Messenger, Houseparty, FaceTime, or (gasp!) a good old-fashioned phone call. Ask them how they’re feeling and share your own experience if you feel comfortable to do so. You will be surprised of how good you feel after a good old chat. Social contact and maintaining routines can be supportive for our mental health and wellbeing. In circumstances where this is not possible, staying connected with friends and family online or by phone is our next best option!
Get enough Z’s
Keeping a regular sleep routine is not only important to your physical health but is also important for you mental health. Try these tips to help you set up a good sleep routine.
- Go to bed at the same time each night
- Try to wake up at the same time each morning
- Banish technology from the bedroom. This will help you ‘switch off’ quicker and will also limit the amount of blue light you’re exposed to before sleeping
- Reduce your caffeine intake in the hours before bed
Make a music playlist
Music can make us feel so much happier. So why not hop onto Spotify and make a playlist with your fave songs? You could make a group playlist and ask your friends to add five of their favourite songs as well. If you want to get really fancy, you could make several playlists for different moods/activities (e.g. study hard, housework, relax etc.).
Start a new hobby
The best hobbies relax you, make you happy, and can even prevent or cure problems like anxiety and depression. Covid-19 might have put a halt to your normal hobbies. But that’s no reason to stop altogether! Take now as an opportunity to start something you’ve always considered doing but never had the time. Why not start a veggie garden, learn how to do something new from Youtube or learn how to play that instrument that’s been sitting in the corner for years! Hobbies give us something to focus on other than study or work and they also help to relieve stress. So what are you waiting for!?