HOW TO PRACTICE WELLNESS AT HOME
It’s a surreal situation we’re all living through right now and it can be very overwhelming having to adjust to a new way of life. Being indoors more, working from home, and a lack of physical contact with friends and family can all add to feelings of anxiety and stress, and that’s before you even get to what’s happening out in the world, so here are a few ways you can practice wellness at home.
We’re reliant on technology more than ever now to keep us entertained but it’s also super handy when it comes to mindfulness. The Headspace app is a useful tool to build up a meditation routine and practice exercises that help with stress, anxiety and sleep. Improve your focus and make drifting off to sleep easier by creating the perfect ambience with Portal. If you’ prefer to speak to someone, wellness app Urban is offering private live-streamed mindfulness sessions as well as yoga and physiotherapy, run by qualified professionals from their own homes.
Try the Wim Hof Method
As you’ve suddenly got more time on your hands, you can try out different stress-relieving programs and techniques to see what works best for you. The Wim Hof Method, created by Dutch athlete Wim Hof aka the Iceman, incorporates breathing techniques and cold therapy to help reduce stress and increase focus. There are a range of video courses where you can learn how to use your breath to calm your mind and control your nervous system – which you’ll need if you then try out the cold therapy part in your shower.
Perfect your Skincare Regime
Now that the days of coming home late and not taking your make-up before bed are long gone, you can really invest time in your skincare routine. Plus whacking on a face mask and taking a bath is great way to have some alone time. There’s plenty of moisturisers, scrubs and serums to try and you can supercharge your regime with some of these beauty supplements too.
Work up a Sweat
We all know that exercise is a great way to combat anxiety but with the all the gyms and studios shut for the foreseeable, you have to embrace a new way of working out. Aside from our government-sanctioned daily walk or run, there are a ton of at-home workouts you can do and gyms are now streaming classes online, so clear a space in your front room and get sweaty.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Even though we’re not going out anymore and we don’t have to get up early to commute to the office, it’s still super important to have a consistent sleep routine, especially if we’re spending more time on our phones and in front of the TV. Being in bed at a sensible hour is key but there’s more you can do to set up a relaxing sleep environment.