Look after your mental wellbeing while at home
These are unprecedented times. Taking care of our own health and wellbeing can be the first thing to slide when we’re focused on taking care of patients, friends, family and loved ones.
Staying at home for a prolonged period can be difficult, frustrating and lonely for some people and that you or other household members may feel low. It can be particularly challenging if you don’t have much space or access to a garden. It’s important to remember to take care of your mind as well as your body and to get support if you need it.
See Livewell's 7 Steps to Wellbeing to look after your mental health while at home.
Free live home workouts
Active Essex is supporting people in staying active safely during lockdown with the “Keep Essex Active” campaign, with over 50 ideas and resources for you to stay well and active at home. They have also launched an exciting new livestream YouTube channel which features live and FREE online workouts throughout the day.
The live sessions are delivered by top instructors from Essex, featuring a range of activities to suit everyone ranging from high-intensive to Yoga to seated exercise to football drills and karate. The daily live sessions also include sessions in meditation, breathing, and personal wellbeing. The livestream videos will be saved on the YouTube channel if you were unable to make the session.
Working from home?
It is important to make sure your work station at home is set up correctly, to avoid hurting your back or eyes.
Here are some simple steps that you can take to reduce the risks from display screen work:
- break up long spells of computer work with rest breaks (at least 5 minutes every hour) or changes in activity
- avoid awkward, static postures by regularly changing position
- get up and get moving or do stretching exercises
avoiding eye fatigue by changing focus
Release tension in your limbs with this quick seated yoga routine which you can do throughout the day. Perform each move slowly and smoothly, and breathe deeply and regularly.