Five ways to take care of yourself during hard times

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Five ways to take care of yourself during hard times

So far 2020 has been a strange and stressful year for many people. Businesses and communities are starting to reopen after months of closures due to the pandemic, but you may still be experiencing stress and anxiety from the whole situation.

During these challenging times, it's important to take care of yourself. Prioritising your mental and physical wellbeing is critical to improving your overall health and happiness. So, whether your routine is changing or staying largely the same, here are five helpful and easy ways to look after yourself.

1. Plan safe social hangouts

Spending too much time by yourself can contribute to feelings of loneliness, anxiousness, and sadness, while connecting with other people can boost your mood and make you feel supported.

Socialising can be as simple as video calling a family member or friend or cooking dinner with your partner, but it can also take the form of meeting in person, as long as it's safe. You could plan a socially distanced get together with a couple of friends, for example, or go on a bike ride with a loved one.

2. Take up a new hobby

Invest in your own fun and creativity by picking up a new hobby. Engaging in an activity can teach you new skills and serve as a welcome break from your work demands and daily routine.

Is there something you've always wanted to try? If you're eager to work with your hands, consider painting, sewing, crafting, or cooking. Or if you want to spend time outside, try gardening or biking. To stimulate your mind, pick up a new book or consider taking language lessons. It doesn’t matter, so long as it helps lift your mood.

3. Evaluate your priorities

Taking better care of yourself begins with recognising your needs. Start by making a list of things that cause you stress and things that calm you down, then review the list in context with your daily life.

Are you doing enough activities that bring you joy, or is your day filled with everyday jobs that cause you stress? If it's the latter, consider how you can rearrange your life to include more time for fun or relaxation. That might involve not taking on too many extra work assignments, for example, or making time to exercise each day.

Small changes to your habits and routine can have a big impact on your day-to-day health and wellbeing.

4. Get outside in nature

If you've been cooped up due to lockdown restrictions, make an effort to get outside when you can, and commit to doing so even when the weather turns cooler. Spending time in nature can improve your mood and help you relax.

Try going for a short walk around your neighbourhood each morning, taking a drive to the beach or countryside, or simply eating your lunch outside. Soaking up some Vitamin D and listening to the sounds of nature is a sure-fire way to reset your mind and body.

5. Ask for support

Taking care of yourself means asking for help when you need it. If you've been feeling sad, listless, anxious, or unable to sleep, it's a good idea to confide in someone you trust. Consider reaching out to a friend, family member, or mental health professional who can offer support and guidance about what to do going forward.

Putting staff wellbeing at the forefront

Taking care of your mental wellbeing is key to feeling balanced and fulfilled. At E.ON, we're committed to helping our employees maintain their mental health during difficult times.

We're proud to have received the gold status in Mind's Workplace Wellbeing Index1 for the second year in a row, for our efforts to support our employees' mental health. The award is given to employers who have successfully embedded mental health into their policies and practices and who have demonstrated a long-term and in-depth commitment to colleagues' mental health.

 

 

1. For more information visit https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/workplace-wellbeing-index/index-awards-201920/gold-achieving-excellence/