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Practical ideas: looking after ourselves during a pandemic

Here's a fun list of ideas from my colleagues about looking after ourselves during a pandemic, including my own contribution:

What I found important to do for myself during the pandemic:

I’ve enjoyed working from home much more this year which gives me the opportunity to be much better now at giving myself breaks throughout the day.

Right now it’s autumn and I’m really enjoying a lunch time walk through fallen leaves of brown, yellow and red.

As often as I can, I take a bit of time everyday to be physically active, even if it’s only 10-15 minutes. I’ve learnt that I feel much happier in my body when I’ve been doing something that involves stretching-type movements. Sometimes it means finding a space to dance where no one can see me. And sometimes it’s finding a short online yoga routine.

As a parent it can be really hard to find time where I’m doing something that’s just for me, so it’s got to be fairly short!

The last thing I do before falling asleep is listening to a short (usually 10 minutes) guided meditation. I pick the topic depending on my mood or what’s been around for me that day.

In the past, I would usually take a long time to fall asleep because I had a lot of thoughts swirling around my head. This simple practice helps me turn the volume down on my thoughts, connect with my body and fall asleep really quickly.

First published at on 2 December 2020.

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