I’m not sure about you but things are feeling a bit different at the moment, a lot of people seem to be struggling and doing it tough, whether that be emotionally, financially or with their health.  There is also a lot of uncertainty and that brings with it’s own set of challenges and adds to the stress.

It’s important in these times to remember to take time out to look after yourself, so that you can continue to provide support to loved ones. I’m going to share some self-care ideas, I hope some of them resonate with you.  If required, please seek professional advice to get the support you need, especially from a health perspective be it mental or physical health.

Take a walk outside… Fresh air, nature and exercise can all help us feel a little better when we’re down. Going for a walk can help clear your head, grounds you and gives you some time to yourself.

Exercise regularly… find an exericse or activity that you truly enjoy and aim to do it regularly. Exercise releases endorphins, which are little mood boosting chemicals that will help you feel a little better during stressful times.

Listen to your favourite music… and dance it out! I know it can feel silly at first, but dancing around to your favourite song is an instant mood booster. Music can release endorphins just like exercise!

Call a loved one… one of the best things to do when you’re struggling is to talk it out. I know you’ve probably heard this a million times, but sometimes we all need to be reminded that we’re never alone and there’s always people that are there for us no matter what.

Write it down… if you’re not someone who likes to talk about how they’re feeling, writing it down on a piece of paper can help! Do a massive brain dump of all the thoughts or worries taking up space in your head. It doesn’t need to make sense, just write down exactly what you’re thinking and how you’re feeling in that moment.

Nourish yourself… I know when times are stressful or we’re not feeling our best it can be hard to prioritize our health, especially when it comes to our nutrition. However, it’s important we are providing ourselves with enough energy to get through these stressful periods, and its even more important that we’re including all of the nutrients our bodies need to function optimally. Certain nutrients like magneisum, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C and the B vitamins are all associated with reduced stress and possibly increased energy and mood!

Pamper yourself… this might look like going to get a massage, having a bath and doing a face mask at home, treating yourself to a spa day, reading your favourite book and having a nice, warm cup of tea. Whatever it is that helps you relax while also making you feel that extra little bit special, do it! You deserve some time for you!

Breathe deeply… taking a few deep breaths right down into your belly is a great stress relief tool. This doesn’t take up much of your day either, it only takes a few minutes for your nervous system to slow down when you breathe deeply. However, you could also try longer meditations! There’s great free guided meditations on apps like Insight Timer, Headspace, Youtube or Spotify.

These are just a few things you could incorporate into your day or week to make sure you’re looking after yourself. At the end of the day, your health and happiness is what matters the most. If you feel as though you would like more personalised advice, please reach out and book an appointment here and we can help get you on track with your nutrition and lifestyle habits so that you can feel your best!