16 Apr 10 Easy Tips to Improve Wellbeing and Health During Lockdown and Self Isolation
When the fishermen can’t go to sea, they mend their nets. During the coronavirus lockdown, most of us have hoped to learn new things, bake sourdough bread, get fit, and who knows what else. Many people are busier than ever and don’t have time for all the virtual tours on offer. Hammering out a long list of largely unrealistic goals and activities you want to tackle could end up being a buzz kill (sorry) & possibly pointless. RELAX. A few simple steps can help you to make the most of your downtime recalibrate, blow away the cobwebs and lay a good foundation to help us feel better during isolation and social distancing. No need to push to hard, but you do need to push a bit! Step away from the Netflix (at least for part of the time hehe).
“The comfort zone is a psychological state in which one feels familiar, safe, at ease, and secure. You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Roy T Bennett
Good health, physical & mental, is key to wellbeing. Nutritional Therapist Sally Wisbey & I had a good old pow wow about the very best things one can do to ensure one is making the most of your time at home during lockdown. Check out our food for thought below.
- Declutter. Who can focus on the juicy bits of life when you’re being dragged down by a shedload of STUFF that you don’t use or need & have to keep looking after? Cut the cord. I swear by The Joy of Less, by Francine Jay. It’s about a lot more than clearing your wardrobes. The book is a TOTAL game changer. Get ready to go from 0-60, fast. You will enjoy the ride.
- Lighten up. There’s no way you can turbo charge up your act mired in stinking thinking & over pondering. Try Yoko Ono’s timeless suggestion- ‘try to say nothing negative for three days, for forty-five days, for three months. See what happens to your life’. PS- that ‘includes being negative about yourself. 3 months may be a stretch but maybe try a ‘negativity fast’ for a day or so. Read this amazing book too- MINDSET by Dr Carol Dwek, world-renowned Stanford Professor. Life changing.
- Set mini nutrition goals. Sally is a fan of ditching the dreaded diets & instead, committing to a number of little things like trying 2 new vegetables, fruits or healthy recipes each week for example. Switch from juices to smoothies (juicing removes the beneficial fibre which is required to help digest the sugar) & instead of swearing off sweets for example, try cutting back on a few things that aren’t great for you- like sodas. You’ll feel better and soon other good habits may follow as a result, naturally- and not because you made a resolution about it!
- Tackle low energy. Who can embrace life beleaguered with brain fog & fatigue? Being stuck at home during lockdown is draining isn’t it? Add remote working or learning or home schooling to the mix and things become even more challenging. Sally is all for reducing sugar & refined carbs & consuming less junk as this type of eating seriously saps your mojo & brainpower . She also suggests supplementing with a few great nutrients which are not usually found in a regular diet or multivitamin like bee pollen, spirulina, ginseng & rose hips (all found in Bee Energised energy & focus). Go easy on the booze as well- alcohol turns to sugar in the body resulting in fatigue, lethargy & brain fog. Alcohol free beers can taste pretty legit!
- Recharge your skin. Lockdown is a great time to experiment with home beauty treatments. Along with eating plenty of fruit & veg, To help maintain good skin, Sally says it’s important to ensure that you are eating enough protein & good fats such as nuts, avocados and oily fish as they all help with plumping the skin and keeping it soft. If you suffer from acne, eczema or other skin conditions, she suggests trying bee propolis, which has many studies behind its use for skin healing and has natural antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, & inflammatory properties as well as heaps of antioxidants to boot (Find it in Bee Prepared Daily Defence). Also- ensure your skin products are of a good quality. Whatever you put on your skin goes in your body!
- Boost immunity to help dodge illness & allergies. Now more than ever we may find our natural defences on feeble footing. Sally advises taking it easy on sugar & coffee (matcha is a great substitute as it contains high levels of the amino acid l-theanine which is calming plus matcha & green tea, have an abundance of health benefits). It’s also crucial to try to manage stress & to do at least some form of exercise daily. Along with eating well, Sally suggests adding in a few natural immune system modulators which are not usually found in a regular diet but are very nourishing for the immune system- like bee propolis, black elderberry, olive leaf & beta glucans, which can be very effective for strengthening immunity (find them all in Bee Prepared immune formulas). Adding in a probiotic & vitamin d will also help.
- Baby step fitness. Instead of making empty promises to do Joe Wicks every day, why not decide to try one new fitness activity or online class every week (the change will help break the monotony of self isolation / lockdown) & commit to do 10 minutes of SOMETHING every day- sit-ups, leg lifts, a quick run, or anything you like. If you stick to it every day, you’ll find you often carry on to do more.
- Be calm. Stress and anxiety is shown in studies to weaken the immune system. We all know about the colossal benefits of meditation. Even a minute or two can have huge benefits. A study from Sussex University showed reading an engrossing book for just 6 minutes can lower stress levels by 68%. Cooking and walking in nature have also been shown to reduce anxiety & improve wellbeing. Try Bee calm anxiety & stress support supplements– they contain a combination of plant based nutrients which have been shown in studies to help ease anxiety & improve feelings of wellbeing.
9. Stay rested. Poor sleep is also shown to seriously impact the immune system. With the stress and worry surrounding the coronavirus / Covid 19 and lockdown issues, many people may find it very hard to sleep, There have been so many articles & recent research that has come out on the massive impact sleep has on our health and wellbeing. There are certain natural nutrients which have been shown to help. Check out Bee rested supplements which are researched and formulated by nutritionists incorporating ingredients with proven benefits to help you nod off faster & wake up less in the night without feeling groggy the next day. Other things that can help including taking epsom salt baths before bed, not having caffeine after 2pm and meditating before bed.
10. Focus on the good. Trying to maintain a positive attitude is one of the greatest things you can do for your health & wellbeing. A few quick ways to boost happiness are by reflecting on all you have to be grateful for and focusing more on the good in your life as well as helping others, volunteering & being kind to others, all of which has been scientifically shown to make one feel happier and more content which in turns, benefits your overall health and wellness!.
By Sarah Orecchia, founder of Unbeelievable Health with Nutritional Therapist Sally Wisbey
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Header image via New York Times. Here are some extra tips from them too. Click here.