During this very surreal time, it's important to keep tabs on your emotional wellbeing. While everyone's situation is different, there are some common pointers that could help you to stay relaxed and refreshed.
Take care of your space
You'll be surprised how energising it can be to take control of your living and work environment. Do some spring cleaning, wipe down surfaces every day and use aromatherapy and softer lighting to set a relaxing tone for the evening. Remember, increased time spent at home might put extra pressure on appliances and devices too, so be sure to take care of data backups, your TV upkeep and washing machine maintenance.
When staying home for long periods of time, it's totally natural to feel isolated and perhaps a little lonely. Establish time slots for video calls and remote social activities and honour them as if they were work meetings. You can share your tips and experiences by chatting with other Community members in the Lounge too.
Make plans for free time
Planning activities in advance will give you something to look forward to and help to keep some feelings of boredom at bay. Be wary of pressurising discourses on social media – you don't need to emerge from this journey a published author or the CEO of a new start-up. Just do the things you like, at your pace.
In its guidance on mental health during the lockdown, the World Health Organisation recommended monitoring time spent on devices and taking regular breaks from digital activity. Meditation, mindfulness, journaling and creative activities like cooking and painting are all good ways to relax away from the screen. The WHO guidance also advised reducing (or avoiding) alcohol consumption and limiting exposure to news reports to just one or two times per day.
For many years, the benefits of working out have been linked to more than just physical fitness. Regular exercise can improve energy and concentration levels, reduce stress and even improve your sleep.
Do what you can
It's important to be mindful of your individual circumstances and to check in with government guidelines for updates. The BBC article on exercising while staying at home has some helpful advice about getting active, relative to your age and household situation, as well as your current state of health and the resources available to you.
While staying in, there are plenty of everyday household objects – from cans of food and water bottles to books and towels – that can help you to stay in shape. Find some space, shake up your playlist and work with what you've got.
Use Samsung Health
Why not use Samsung Health to help structure your fitness activity? Pair the app with wearables like the Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Buds, set goals, track your progress and get accurate feedback about your nutrition levels and performance. For advice on maintaining a balanced diet you can also check out the UK National Health Service's Eatwell Guide.
For exercise advice, head to Fitness.
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