SELF CARE & MENTAL HEALTH DURING ISOLATION - THE RE-iNVENTION
Last updated: 1.24pm, Sunday 24th May 2020
In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, we continue our mini blog series with clinic supporter and our close pal Angela McShane. Here she has provided some practical advice on how to cope with isolation during the lockdown.
Angela is the Founder of The Reinvention. Survivor, Inspirational Speaker. Ambassador for Road Traffic Incidents & Post Crash-Care: Physiotherapy & Wellness to Raising Confidence. Angela spent 1 year in a hospital bed healing from her injuries & she learned how deal with isolation. Here are her top tips...
It is now more important than ever, during a time of uncertainty such as this, to take care of yourself in the best way you know how. In taking care of yourself, you can also help others do the same.
In times of anxiousness and upset, I get moving. From putting on a workout video online to dancing in the kitchen, going out for a walk or even exercising whilst watching a film. You could even start those projects in your house that you have been putting off for so long.
Rest & Rise & Shine
As important as it is to move, you should also take time to rest. Treat this as an opportunity to restore oneself by relaxing. This could be by reading a book, listening to music or catching up on the latest boxsets. All this helps to create a more satisfying day.
Reaching out to family and friends at this time can be so important. This doesn’t have to always be done on the phone, letters or cards are still an excellent personal touch. It is always good to check in with people important to you, especially if they live alone.
[Angela's "queen of Hampden Sports Clinic" - Evelynn, she is the best welcome to the clinic before a workout or appointment. A nice friendly face and a wee bit of motivation.]
(This image/hug was taken in 2019 before the days of required social distancing)
Nutrition & Hydration
Reducing snacks or replacing them with healthier alternatives can make you feel better. Prepping snacks in advance helps you to try them when feeling peckish. Hydration, especially when working out at home or on a project, is essential. Staying properly hydrated reduces tiredness and keeps the mind and body active.
(Small example of my prep-snacks, keep it simple and fast)
Create an environment that is decluttered and organised. Keeping things simple and fresh offers a sense of control and reduces the feeling of being stuck, especially in times of restrictions. Try and free up space and time from being on your phone and computer as much as you can. This can help create a more positive place to be.
Not having a night of proper sleep can be detrimental. Poor sleep can lead to a lack of energy, poor concentration, and irritableness. Try and stick to a routine for going to bed every night and up at the same time in the morning. To help with this, turn down the lights, put your phone out of reach and try to read a little before sleeping.
There is no better time to work on your mindset than today. Under the current restrictions, we have the time to prioritise the things important to us. Keeping a journal of your thoughts, ideas and ambitions can help with this and give you a greater sense of wellbeing. Just talking to someone can be advantageous too, the power of sharing and helping others gives a sense of empowerment and helps to ensure you have a good sense of control in your life. Remember - every day is another chance!
If you are struggling, reach out to Breathing Space or The Reinvention - they are happy to help and get you moving forward... #InThisTogether