Looking after your wellbeing
Your emotional wellbeing is just as important as your physical health.
Being kind to ourselves and giving ourselves breaks when we need them can improve the way we feel. Below are some self-care suggestions.
Clean or tidy
Keeping our homes clean and tidy can make us feel better and less stressed, as well as maintaining a healthy living environment.
It's not generally healthy to suppress the way we feel. Finding an outlet for our emotions is important. See our list of suggestions of how to do this here.
Make plans with friends and family
Having something to look forward to can be a great motivator and gives us something positive to think about when we're feeling low. Plus spending time with loved ones can make us feel better.
You could arrange to have a home-cooked meal together or go out for a coffee - whatever you enjoy doing.
Message or call a friend
Keeping in touch with friends and loved ones can be really good for our wellbeing. If you prefer to keep conversation light, you could ask what they did at the weekend or if they saw a TV show you enjoyed.
Put the kettle on
As well as it being important to stay hydrated, it can also be good to stay warm and take breaks. Take a few minutes for yourself each day with your preferred hot drink.
Shower or take a bath
Taking a hot shower or bath can be really relaxing, as well as obviously being part of personal hygiene and staying well. When we're feeling low, taking a shower can seem like a huge task. Try to focus on something about it that you enjoy, like the warmth or how clean you feel afterwards.
Smiling can improve our mood even if we don't feel happy when we start to smile. If you're having trouble raising a smile, try holding a pencil horizontally in your mouth between your teeth. Doing this makes you smile.
Wash your sheets or clothes
Having clean things to wear and sleep in is a small thing we can do to make ourselves feel better, as well as keeping healthy.