Staying healthy whilst working from home is essential for a happy body and mind which is why we have created the self-care guide to working at home.
While lockdowns come and go, working from home may be new to you or perhaps not, but the likelihood of working from home more often in the future means this self-care guide will probably come in very handy to ensure your wellbeing is well taken care of.
Working from home often sounds idyllic to those who can’t due to their type of job, but in reality, it can be even more challenging, despite being able to stay in your pyjamas all day and eat a homemade lunch.
The reality of less structure, more food readily available and often zero boundaries between work and home life can all lead to some very unsavoury habits setting in!
Routine, routine, routine.
Starting with a morning one… Get up and get ready as if you’re going to a place of work. You don’t have to put on a suit...
What is nature therapy and what are the benefits to me, you may indeed wonder.
Nature therapy, forest bathing, friluftsliv or Shinrin-Yoku is humans natural form of therapy. It's our natural habitat and holds magical healing powers... no joking!
Nature therapy is as simple as walking or spending time in a wooded area (ideally a forest) for a minimum of 20 minutes (ideally 40 or more) to benefit from the healing power of the trees.
Forest bathing (we like this name) helps reduce cortisol and adrenaline (unless being chased by a tiger!) by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, helping to slow the heart rate, decrease blood pressure and muscle tension, providing a calming effect on the body.
Studies show that just 20 minutes of forest bathing can lower your cortisol levels by over 12%. How powerful and how quick is that? One answer to help decrease your tension and/or anxiety is...
Sitting down all day long and hunched over a table, laptop, steering wheel and being exposed to pollution, heightened distraction and environmental changes have made many people develop a different type of breathing to ‘the norm’ which is known as shallow breathing or chest breathing. The problem with this is that it is linked to many unwanted health issues including anxiety and recurring chest infections, something we all need to avoid in the current climate!
Most of us take our body for granted, after all, a lot of the things your amazing body does is controlled by the autonomic nervous system which gets on with its daily jobs of keeping you alive without you having to think about breathing, making your heartbeat or digesting your food.
To fight the demands and potentially detrimental effects of modern life, it is essential for your wellness to reconnect with these elements your body does automatically and ensure...
There’s always so much negative press telling you should look a certain way and be a certain size! What you’ve got to remember is that you’re a real person, and most people don’t come in a size 6 perfectly airbrushed, they come in all shapes and sizes which makes every one of us unique.
It’s important to ensure you’re physically fit and healthy more so than focusing on ‘the skinny’ and how you look. You need to embrace the body you were given and treat it with love and respect because it is the only one you have!
If you think negatively about yourself and constantly criticize the way you look then you are going to feel unattractive and unhappy about the way you look and feel. But if you make an effort every day to compliment yourself then you will feel far more confident in your own skin.
When you have confidence in yourself,...
How to stop sleep deprivation is a hot topic right now, we all want and need to improve sleep and it’s especially important in stressful times to know how to get a good night's sleep. You know how important it is to exercise, eat a healthy nutritious diet, practise self-care on a daily basis, but what about sleep and making sure you get 7-8 hours in every night?
You rush through your days trying to achieve as many things as humanly possible whilst consuming too much caffeine and only really stopping when you sit down to eat your evening meal whilst also enjoying a couple of glasses of wine to help you wind down and finally fall into bed after midnight and desperately try to fall asleep knowing that you have to get up again in 6 hours for it all to start again!
You cannot underestimate the power of a good night's sleep and you...
Every busy woman we know needs to hear this… Take Care Of Yourself Too
Women are chronically putting other people’s needs before their own. It’s in our nature to be caregivers, but all too often that leads to our own needs being at the bottom of the list.
We survive on very little sleep, lots of coffee, and endless guilt for not being more present mothers, daughters, relatives, better employees, working out more and eating healthy. We never stop berating ourselves… must look better, be more, do more!
But, you know what?
This constant grind and hustle of taking care of everything and everyone is one of the biggest reasons why so many women are completely burnt out, anxious, depressed, and unhappy.
An overly stressed body can lead to your cortisol being out of whack! If you're trying to slim down, taking care of yourself (outside of food and exercise) is absolutely critical.
Here are some best practice self-care tips that you can implement on your busiest...
As your body is making changes to enter another phase in your life, it’s important that you listen to your body and adapt so you change with it. That way you’re giving yourself the best chance to avoid those well documented ‘hellish’ symptoms many women experience!
Where weight is concerned, menopause does play a part but so does the fact that your body is ageing, so the menopause isn’t entirely to blame. Hormones, lean muscle mass and movement all tend to decrease as your body goes into a new phase of life, therefore, if you don’t make any changes in your diet or activity, weight gain during this time is inevitable. Dips in mood, energy, lack of sleep and trying to ‘cope’ with the symptoms can often also lead to an increase in cravings for higher sugar (carb) and fat foods, further increasing body fat.
So, when your body is changing, you need to also be changing with it so you can continue on in harmony.