Health and Wellbeing
Looking after both your mental and physical wellbeing is really important during lockdown. There are a number of things we can all practise during our new ‘normal’ daily routines to ease the pressures we are facing, however it’s important to remember that we all react differently, so it is inevitable that some coping methods will work for some and not for others.
Here’s our tips for keeping on top of our mental and physical state:
Manage your physical and mental health
Whether you’re a regular gym goer or want to start your fitness journey during lockdown, there are plenty of resources available to you to complete an effective exercise regime at home. Check out @clubandspabham on Instagram for some inspiring home workouts and great exercises designed to tone the whole body using just body weight – perfect if you don’t have any equipment at home.
Following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement, people in England will be able enjoy as much exercise at they wish from Wednesday 13th May, providing they observe social distancing. Plus, you’ll also be able exercise with one person from outside your household in England, but you must keep at least 2m apart. What exercise will you do – a game of tennis perhaps?
We have loved seeing so many of you enjoy your local walks and setting yourself challenges like running up and down the stairs to get in enough cardio. Why not try this 25 times today and you will have reached the equivalent of the top of The Cube? You can read more fitness tips with The Cube’s Stay Lean in Quarantine Blog.
Of course, taking care of our bodies doesn’t solely apply to exercise. Remember to also eat healthily where possible, get plenty of sleep and stick to a normal bedtime routine even if you are no longer going out to work. Stretching regularly will help fight off sleepiness and ease any aches and pains, whilst practising meditation can improve our mind, heart and body.
Manage your media intake and enjoy your extra time
It is important to stay informed about the Coronavirus pandemic and receive up to date Government advice from reliable sources, however, try to limit your news and social media intake to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
If you’re in a position where you have extra time on your hands, then why not use this time to fit in some activities you have always wanted to try but could never quite seem to get round to. We suggest meditation, baking, a workout, or relaxing with a good book.
For something a bit different and exciting, then follow the steps demonstrated in our recent blog to create your own Rodizio Rico cocktails at home. And why stop at a cocktail? If you’re craving being out and about on a weekend, why not recreate your favourite night out at The Cube in your home – dress up the kids as the waiter/waitress, try dining in a different room of the house and challenge yourself with a new recipe. We would love to see your creations, so make sure you tag @thecubebirmingham on social.
You can also stay mentally active through maintaining communication with those around you; make the most of technology and stay in touch with your colleagues, friends and family.
Think about the vulnerable
It can be easy to get carried away thinking what we are going to do for ourselves and our loved ones during lockdown, but it’s also important to remember the vulnerable. If you are in a position to do so, you can find ways to support those in need by donating supplies or making safe deliveries. Start by researching local charities and community groups.
For example, local charity The Active Wellbeing Society has launched the campaign ‘Brum together – Supporting each other during this difficult time’ – working with volunteers and external organisations to supply products and services to people in need. This involves volunteers having telephone conversations with people who are lonely, as well as organising for supplies to be collected for them. The charity aims to combat food poverty and loneliness, as well as supporting those in need, you can find out how you can help here.
For more tips and advice on things you can do to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home, visit the NHS website.
The Cube will continue to update you with any Covid-19 updates which will affect our tenants through our news page, but for now stay alert and stay safe.
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