Let’s make 2018 the year we learn to slow down and take better care of ourselves! Because I work around the clock these days, I’m making an extra effort to learn new ways of improving upon my wellbeing. Sharing is caring! Here are some easy things that work for me that you can do right now for better wellbeing!
Enrich your environment
This is important whether you work from home or not but especially if you do! Environment is everything! I have learned a few simple tricks that improve my productivity and make me feel lighter and less stressed. Firstly, I have given in to the hype of electric diffusers. Essential oils are so cheap and all you have to do is add a few drops of oil to water and switch your diffuser on. This makes your environment smell nice, lifting your mood, and is also helpful to balance the drying effect of central heating over winter! Secondly, I’ve learned to keep both my workspace and my lounge clean and tidy. A tidy space is a tidy mind!
Hydrate and nourish
This one is free, quick and easy. Drink plenty of water to keep your body and brain sharp and healthy. Don’t make rules about what you can and can’t eat but do try to listen to your body when it tells you that it needs something. Consume consciously. Try to pay attention to the food groups (bar meat, obviously). If you feel drained, you may not be getting enough fruit and vegetables or protein. It might be quicker and easier to give yourself a sugar rush but it’s better in the long run to give yourself what you need.
Organise your mind
A disorganised mind can turn on you. With so much going on, remember that it is normal to feel overwhelmed. Rather than squash your thoughts, organise them. Write down a to-do list. Organise the tasks into time urgent priorities and set long-term goals to ignore in the present. Chat with a friend about how you’re feeling regularly. Take small breaks when you need to and remember the bigger picture. It’s easy to get bogged down with lots of tasks and pressures but it’s good to put things into perspective every once in a while to shake off what’s not really important.
It’s easy to add to the noise and remind you that your mental health and wellbeing matters but sometimes, when we’re really stressed and overwhelmed, we just want someone to tell us what to do. So there it is!