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13th August 2021

How to take care of your wellbeing

The state of being comfortable, happy or healthy, otherwise known as wellbeing is essential for the quality of life, yet we can often push it to the side.

Through the struggles of the pandemic we’ve been distanced from our loved ones, strayed from our daily routines and forced to stay inside, and although we are slowly seeing these restrictions ease, we may still be finding it hard to adjust and remember to take care of our wellbeing, not only physically but also mentally.

Here are some of our favourite tips for helping you to look after your wellbeing:

  • A screen free day – turning off your mobile phone, tablet or pc just for a day can help reduce stress and induce a better night’s sleep.
  • Take a long walk – get those daily steps in whilst enjoying the surroundings and using the time to reflect - Find out how to get more out of your walks.
  • Podcasts for wellbeing – hearing someone talk passionately about a subject can really influence and inspire us, a few podcasts we recommend are Happier with Gretchen Rubin, How To Fail with Elizabeth Day, and Unlocking Us with Brené Brown.
  • Aromatherapy - Here is an aromatherapy spray that you can make at home to help you sleep:

Get a small spray bottle (the ones in travel packs are perfect and not expensive - they hold 100ml)

Fill with cooled pre-boiled water, but leave a small gap near the top to add these essential oils:

  • 10 drops of Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)
  • 10 drops of Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia)
  • 10 drops of Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

Put the spray lid on, shake and spray onto your pillow and sheet for a great night's sleep.

  • Relaxing music – find music that works for you, then lay back, listen and relax. There are so many playlists for relaxation - here is one from the official Spotify account to get you started.
  • Art – painting, photography, pottery – whatever your chosen art form, indulging your creative side can really boost serotonin levels and allow you to express your emotions.
  • Massage – a massage is a great way to unwind and distress and giving yourself a massage is easier than you think - watch a simple video guide.
  • Chaplaincy – We’ve teamed up with St Elizabeth Hospice to produce a weekly Sunday service to allow us to quietly reflect - you can find all of the videos in our YouTube Playlist.
  • Wellbeing webinars – There are lots of different webinars that focus on a variety of elements that effect our wellbeing, they are usually short but incredibly beneficial. You can find them pre-recorded on YouTube or search for “wellbeing webinar” to find upcoming online events.
  • Learn to say “no” – Sometimes we take on too much added stress by agreeing to do so much but it’s ok to say no, and sometimes we forget that!

Whether these tips help or you’re still trying to figure out what works best for you, remember to take some time this week to look after yourself and unwind.

Find out more about wellbeing

 

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