In a nutshell, supporting our health and well-being has never been more vital. Keeping active, sticking to a routine and rustling up something nutritious in the kitchen are all great ways we can boost our health, happiness and hydration while at home.
Recent events have put our lives and usual routines completely out of kilter. With most of us having had to work from home for the past couple of months, we've had to adapt to staying indoors for far more time than we're used to.
The prospect of staying at home for a long period of time can feel overwhelming – perhaps this is down to the lack of routine, or spending time away from friends and family.
Perhaps a lack stimiulation has led to a dip in your energy levels.
So, how can we stay energised and motivated during this difficult time?
1. Keep moving, moving, moving!
Being active means different things to everyone – whether you enjoy a pulse raising HIIT workout, a mindful yoga session or simply walking up and down the stairs – a bit of exercise each day will help to boost your mood.
There are plenty of ways to stay active within the comfort of your own home. We are spoilt for choice with the range of online resources available to us, from Joe Wicks’ at-home workouts, which are free of charge and suitable for all ages and abilities, or YouTube videos offering Pilates to Latin dance. There is something for everyone!
2. Redefining routines
Keeping your mind active is just as vital for your wellbeing as a high intensity workout. Right now, you might have lost touch with your normal routine, commute or habits, so why not recreate a routine that works at home? This could include:
- Waking up at the same time every day
- Scheduling a home workout
- Having a shower and dressing for the day ahead
- Taking time to create a healthy lunch
- Spending the afternoon reading, researching, or learning a new skill
- Virtually catching up with friends
- Deciding on a time to ‘wind down’ for the evening
3. Give your immune system a boost
We all know that eating well benefits both our body and our mind in a number of ways.
In fact, food such as citrus fruits, broccoli, garlic, ginger, spinach and yogurt, chicken and shellfish are packed with vitamins and minerals that can help support your immune system and boost your energy levels.
Why not create a meal plan for the week, based on these key foods? A meal plan will not only help you stick to healthy eating, but will also limit the number of times you have to visit the supermarket.
4. Harness hydration
Staying hydrated is so important when it comes to our health. Drinking the recommended two litres of water a day can result in a number of benefits including:
- Maximising physical performance
- Combatting fatigue
- Boosting productivity*
While at home and out of sync with your typical routine, it can be easy to forget to hydrate. One way to combat this is by having a refillable filtered water bottle, such as BRITA Fill&Go, and making sure you’re regularly refilling throughout the day – why not set a reminder on your phone?
Have you considered adding a flourish of fruit to your water? Just a couple of lemons, lime or oranges can add flavour, while keeping sugar intake down.
5. Shut eye is sacred
We all know how important sleep is. One night of interrupted sleep can affect your whole day, leaving you feeling sluggish and irritable. Getting seven or eight hours of sleep every night can help reduce stress, make you more alert and also let your body relax and repair.*
*Healthline: How Does Seven to Eight Hours of Sleep Affect Your Body?