Wherever you are in the world right now, we all have one thing in common – a need to distance ourselves from the majority of the planet. While we might be missing out on our favourite cafes, gyms, parks, beaches, bars, being homebound presents a prime opportunity to look at our lifestyle and all the different areas and factors that contribute to (or take away from) our health + wellbeing. There is no better time to become aware of our habits, our mindsets, our beliefs and the daily choices we make.
A strong immune system – the cornerstone of our health - is unquestionably our greatest asset and defence against viruses, pathogens and bacteria. So, what are you doing to enhance your health and natural defenses at this critical time? As a holistic health coach, I help my clients set (and re-connect with) their health and wellness goals and keep them motivated to continually make small sustainable changes in all areas of their lives.
I believe the small daily choices we make are important for long-lasting health and wellbeing - far more impactful than extreme approaches, quick fix solutions, magic pills, harsh detoxes, strict and unsustainable exercise or meal plans etc. This is a time for nesting, for reflection and reconsidering. A time to put yourself first and reinvent yourself so that the new and improved 2.0 version of yourself can shine through when this pandemic is finally over.
Read on for the top 3 health benefits of social distancing…
More time for self-care: now is the time to invest in you. Yep, you heard it. With all the extra time we’ll be spending at home, we now have no excuse for not having enough ‘me time’. Are you a DIY mani or DIY facial person? Perhaps it’s time to introduce (or re-introduce?) those health habits you wished you had time for. Is there a stack of wellness books on your reading list or podcasts on your listening list? Perhaps you never had enough time to meditate but always wanted to try it? Or maybe you wish you could spend more time in the kitchen batch cooking (this is meeee!)? Whatever it may be for you, choose to use this time to enjoy nourishing activities that you previously wished you had the time for.
Get extra rest (and play). Rest doesn’t have to mean just sleep. Although, don't get me wrong, sleep is absolutely a game-changer for our health and especially our immune systems. Now would be a good time to trial inserting short periods of rest throughout your day. When I studied with the School of Practical Philosophy in Sydney and the School of Economic Science in London, I discovered how short breaks of rest between tasks helps to keep us centered and grounded. Let’s say you have spent the morning cleaning the house, instead of jumping onto the laptop to get some work done you might spend five minutes doing a simple breathing mediation or visualisation exercise. Other ideas include enjoying a herbal tea in the garden, doing a couple yoga poses, reading a few pages of a good book…over to you! Getting adequate amounts of rest help to boost our productivity when we are in work mode. And make sure you prioritise play, too. Are you a board game lover? Or do you love to crank up the music and sing it out while cleaning the house? Are there mindfulness colouring books you always wanted to colour in if only you had the time? How did you play as a child, what were your favourite hobbies and activities? Maybe you make intimate times with your special someone a priority and no longer another thing that must be scheduled in...
Reflect and re-evaluate. Now is a prime time to really get to know yourself on a deeper level. Are you happy in life? What are your dreams and goals? Do you find your career fulfilling? Is there an inner calling or burning desire you’ve been ignoring for too long? Remember the number one rule in life…HAVE FUN! We only get one shot at this life. Now is the time to check in with yourself, get a pen and paper out and spend some time journaling. Research shows journaling is a great way to connect with your true self, your highest self that knows best - just let the pen flow and don't overthink it too much. Use this time to identify your dreams, goals and passions and start to exploring way to fulfill them. I believe a lot of illness and dis-ease comes from living out of alignment with our true selves.
Which of these three habits most resonates with you? What will you do with the extra time on your hands that would have been otherwise filled being out and about? If you're after a little guidance and need help staying motivated and on track, I'm here for you. Drop me a message if you would like to take advantage of my free 45-minute initial consultation for new clients (this can be done over the phone or via a video call).
Stay well and healthy.
'Nature therapy' and a spot of social distancing looks ok to me...