There is a lot of focus on how to keep our little pals occupied during lockdown, while caretakers needs often go by the wayside.
Gemma has lovingly put together a few ideas to remind parents and caretakers to prioritise their own wellbeing, too.
Gratitude - When you start to feel overwhelmed, try to think about the good things in your life. Even if it’s just little things. This helps you change your mindset and focus on the present instead of potential future anxieties.
Connection – call a friend or join a virtual club. There are ways that we can be physically socially distanced but still emotionally connected with others.
Be kind to yourself – these are highly stressful unusual times. Not everything will go right and you may not be as resilient or patient as normal. Give yourself a break. Tomorrow is a new day.
Fresh air – if you can get this fresh air in a greenspace or by the sea even better. Studies have found this is great for mental wellbeing. If this is not possible, step into your garden or pop your head out of the window.
Exercise – an online class, bike ride or a 30minute stroll – exercise has unlimited benefits and will help reduce anxiety in these times of uncertainty.
Sleep – go to bed an hour earlier and switch off devices. Sleep is essential because it enables the body to repair and be fit and ready for another day.
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