Self-isolating can be a really exhausting and lonely experience that can take a toll on your mental and physical health. It’s easy to fall into the habit of ordering takeaways and spending too much quality time with your sofa, endlessly rewatching Friends. To help you cope, we’ve put together five healthy habits to keep your mind and body active while you self-isolate!
Although you can’t go to the gym, it’s still really easy to keep yourself active.
Home workouts can be as simple or as challenging as you want them to be. There are so many free workout videos available online, for any fitness level. We’d definitely recommend finding one you are most comfortable following and working your way up from there!
Exercising is not only good for the body, it also stimulates the brain, reducing stress and anxiety. Just make sure you rearrange the furniture before you start, we don’t want you knocking over any valuables or loved ones!
Maintain a good diet:
It can also be difficult to maintain a healthy diet when you’re barely able to leave the house. It’s so easy to just order a takeaway. But, healthy eating is very important and just requires a little bit of prep.
Make sure you’ve stocked up on plenty of food, especially fresh fruit and vegetables. If you’re not comfortable going or have been advised not to go to the supermarket, book a home delivery for your groceries.
Plan out which meals you’re going to have each day. Don’t give yourself the option of getting a naughty Chinese-takeaway! Take off some of the workload by batch cooking. Healthy food doesn’t have to be dull, why not try out some new recipes you’ve never done before? With this extra free time you can turn yourself into a reclusive Gordon Ramsey, and shout abuse at your imaginary sous chefs.
Read a book:
After you’ve squatted ‘til you can’t stand and perfected your version of the Ratatouille from the Disney film, it’s good to wind down. Reading is a healthy pastime, it eases and educates the mind. Here are some of our top green reads for 2020:
- This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
- The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells
- There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years by Mike Berners-Lee
- How to break up with fast fashion: A Guilt Free Guide to Changing the Way You Shop – for Good by Lauren Bravo
Reading before you go to bed can really help you fall asleep. In a survey by Chemist4u, only 6% of UK respondents said they get the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night. A good night’s sleep improves your mental health and lowers your chances of high blood pressure and obesity. A lack of sleep can damage your sex drive and cause you to age more quickly – so, for heaven’s sake, pick up a book!
Another popular way to relax the mind is meditation. This technique can be hard to master, but once you can do it, it can become a staple of your daily schedule! Just like workouts, there are countless meditation videos online to choose from. Meditation is training the mind to focus, increasing your attention span and awareness by achieving a mentally clear and stable state of consciousness – that’s if you can get everyone to shut up for half an hour!
Declutter your home and declutter your mind! There is no better soup for the soul than a good ol’ spring clean. Do away with your checkerboard canvas slip-ons from 2006, that Windows 98 desktop computer and your unnecessary collection of VHS tapes.
Clear up some extra space and cleanse your home of unwanted stuff! In a last act of love, make sure these once cherished items, who’ve put up with you all these years find a new home by donating or reselling them. For the wardrobe that you’ve cleared out, we can purchase your unwanted clothing for 40p per kg.
We are temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak (you can read more here) but we’ll be happy to take them off your hands as soon as we’re able. Once we reopen, you can drop them off at one of our kiosks, or if you don’t fancy lugging then around, book an appointment for a free home collection.