Connect with family & friends and care for yourself: Prioritise YOU!
It is important to socialise with family and friends but you need to keep some time to take care of yourself. Being socially connected is important for our mental health, wellbeing and heart health.
- Cultivate relationships that allow you to be yourself and affect you in a positive way.
- Minimise time spent with those brings you down and create stress. Sometimes this is difficult if they are work colleagues, however, you can minimise your interactions with them.
Connect with the outdoors
We spend a lot of our working days sitting and indoors. Making time to get outside and have 15 minutes of direct sunlight can have a number of benefits including the creation of Vitamin D (as many of us are actually deficient!). We also know that sunlight can affect our mood and stimulates our wellbeing.
- Take the opportunity to walk, at work – have a walk & talk meeting.
- Walk at home or use it for recreation whilst connecting with family.
- Reconnect with nature and become mindful of your surroundings can help with your overall wellbeing.
Recharge your body & mind
Recharge: ensure you have enough sleep, meditate and have a nap.
It is important to think about how you start and end your day, and how you recharge your “internal” batteries throughout the day. Unfortunately, we often start the day with (firing up) with some form of caffeine and (wind down) at the end of the day with alcohol. In between that when our energy becomes low we turn to treats such as chocolate or more caffeine. It is better to regulate our energy levels throughout the day. Some things you could do are:
- Have a nap: Research has also shown that afternoon napping (siesta) reduces the risk of heart disease by 34%.
- Meditate: Meditation can be incredibly powerful, and those who meditate regularly have shown to have an increased memory and do not become as fatigued.
- Breathe: Try a deep breathing exercise before you go to sleep or the next time you become stressed.
Unplug from technology
Unplug yourself from the internet: Electronics induced stress
There are many benefits of us being connected. However the hyper-connected age that we live in can be stressful. Millennials have grown up attached to technology. They are wired 24/7, sleep and wake up next to their smart phones, constantly checking their social media and text, watch their favourite shows for hours instead of spending time with people. Managing this reliance on technology yourself (or as a parent or spouse) can be challenging. Turning off your phone can cause some anxiety for some people, as they are concerned about what they might miss.
Here are some tips:
- Create WiFi free areas in the house such as the lounge, dining room or when eating breakfast.
- Start the day prioritising tasks instead of answering emails.
- Take time to talk to others without electronic disruption.
- Resist checking emails on weekends. Problematic emails can cause a mood change.
- Disconnect from all electronic devices at least 1 hour before bed due to the LED light that can keep you awake and disturb your sleep.