Feeling Restless from Staying Home All Day? Embrace Wellness with These Expert Tips
If you’ve been feeling restless or have trouble sleeping while being cooped up at home, you are not alone.
Scientific studies have shown that prolonged period of confinement affects the body. According to Alexander Chouker, a physician researcher who studies stress immunology, “being confined and isolated affects the human physiology”. From changes to sleep patterns to changes to the immune, endocrine, and neurocognitive systems, prolonged social isolation can wear you out.
No matter what your situation is, there are many ways to improve your experience while staying home. After all, nothing is more important than making sure you are your healthiest, happiest self.
Here’s what Christina Salcedas, Global Director of Education & Wellbeing for Aromatherapy Associates has to say about keeping your mind, body and soul in top-notch condition.
5 Ways to Stay Well at Home
Create the Perfect Environment
Whether you’re self-isolating or working from home, create an environment that you’re happy with. Declutter and make room for yourself and others to work, play and rest. Grab a potted plant next time you shop online, light the candle you were saving for a special occasion, push back those curtains, let the sun in and open the windows to fill your rooms with fresh air.
Routine is Key
It’s proven that keeping to a normal routine can help keep us upbeat – so things like waking up at our usual time, taking a shower and changing out of our sleepwear are usually a signal to the brain that the day is beginning.
Stay Informed and Connected
It’s important and natural that you will want to keep informed. But if you find anxiety kicking in, try to minimise your news intake so that you can be suitably informed without feeling overwhelmed. Use technology to stay in touch with your friends and family – organise coffee breaks with your colleagues, a virtual lunch date or a weekend meal with your family over video chat.
Remember to Breathe
This is all about being mindful (and no, there’s no chanting or tree hugging involved, unless that works for you). If you feel yourself getting antsy or your mind wandering, bring yourself back to centre with an easy breathing exercise. Breathing exercises are great to take your mind off whatever it is that is causing you stress and anxiety, and bring you to a place of calm.
Movement is key to keeping well, so make sure that you’re allowing yourself screen breaks to step away from the computer screen or TV. Short high-intensity workouts or stretching routines can be done in the comfort of your living room, and star jumps, squats, knee hugs, back taps and shoulder circles are easy for all in the household to do (make your active breaks social ones!).
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