Stay Home and Stay Healthy
Many people are staying at home as much as possible and we have some practical tips on staying home and staying healthy.
Staying at home isn't easy when you are used to being out and about with family and friends as much as possible. With many of us preferring to stay safe and stay healthy your home should provide a sense of wellbeing and calmness. Mindful living is the buzz phrase at the moment and it's all about creating good feelings for a happy mind and happy soul.
We take some advice from the philosophy of mindful living to show you how you can focus on health and wellbeing with a variety of ideas and activities that you can do while staying safe at home.
1. Exercise Is Important
An active lifestyle is essential for maintaining health and general wellbeing, especially if you are prone to elevated levels of stress or high cholesterol. Regular exercise keeps the blood pumping and your body rich in oxygen, letting you stay alert and maintain an active lifestyle.
You don't necessarily have to spend a whole day exercising, even a 10-minute stretch and aerobic routine won't take much time out of your day and can be done without having a home gym. If you have an exercise bicycle or treadmill, make it a daily routine to climb on for a least 10-minutes every day, or at least every second day.
2. Healthy Eating Promotes Good Health
When you're at home you tend to be more relaxed when it comes to eating. Snacks tend to creep in-between regular meals and before you know it you have piled on a bit of weight due to staying at home and not exercising as much as you normally do. It is important to incorporate more vegetables and fruit and you have the time to look online for some of your favourite health food recipes to break the snack food cycle.
3. Have A Good Night's Sleep
With a disrupted routine can also come lack of sleep. When your daily routine encounters drastic change such as that of the lockdown, your sleep patterns can also be affected. It is important that you get enough rest and staying hydrated.
Did you know that being even slightly dehydrated can affect your sleeping pattern? As a norm, adults have at least 8 hours of sleep a day and drink approximately 8 glasses of water every day. Not drinking enough water during the day causes dry mouth and nasal passages, and this automatically leads to a parched throat, dry mount and hoarseness in the morning. Always keep in mind - 8:8 for hydration and sleep.
4. Don't Let Technology Rule Your Life
Technology might keep you connected to others, but there comes a time when you need to switch off to unwind. It is so easy to lose track of time when you are constantly bombarded by messages and emails, and this can also affect your wellbeing. Set boundaries for downtime and stick to it - creating some healthy habits is a crucial way to achieve balance.
If you are working from home, keep office hours. Switch off your phone when it's time to log-off or quit and be firm with yourself. Don't let your cellphone rule your life - turn down the volume, switch off the vibrate function and get a good night's sleep.
5. Decorate With Colours That Soothe and Calm
Colour psychology is not a myth - it's a fact. It is being able to set a mood or change and atmosphere purely with colour. Advertisers have been using colour psychology for years and interior designers have been working with colour to create dynamic or serene interiors. Colour really can help us to relax, so think about this when you are next decorating your home or wanting to change the colour scheme in a particular room.
Neutrals are always an easy way to create a soothing palette with fabric, textiles and paint. Blue and green hues have the potential to create a tranquil environment, while reds and yellows get the blood flowing through your body.
6. Use Scents To Relax
Just like colour affects our mood, so do scents. Aromatherapy uses natural scents and oils to promote relaxation and wellbeing. Certain scents have a way of exciting or calming our mind and body, so think about candles, incense and how you can use natural oils for some serious unwinding.
7. Heal Your Body With Sunlight
Nothing beats depression more than a fresh sunny day. It's hard to be in a bad temper when you are surrounded by the beauty of nature. Your home should have enough windows to let in plenty of natural daylight to keep interior spaces bright, so if this is not the case perhaps you should think about adding a sunlight or skylight or replacing small windows with something larger.
If you're not looking at alterations to make up for the loss of natural light, use artificial light sources that produce a level of light that is similar in intensity to daylight. These high-lumen lights can be used in all the rooms in a home and will go a long way towards improving health and wellbeing.