Home is where the heart is, or at least it was before the pandemic. Nowadays people are spending more time at home in order to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, however, that doesn’t mean it's been a walk in the park for everyone. Spending countless hours at home is hard, regardless if you’re living alone or not but you should feel good at home, after all, your home should be your safe space.
If you’re struggling to find motivation at home, here are 5 tips that might help you get going:
1. Start a new routine
Whether you know it or not, everyone has a daily routine. However, if you struggle to feel productive or motivated throughout the day, then it might be time to revamp your routine. When you optimise your daily regimen, you will notice positive changes to your everyday life. What do your mornings typically look like, and do you struggle most in the mornings?
Do you immediately reach for your phone when you wake up or do you skip breakfast altogether? Noticing these small details and correcting them will make a big difference in how you feel in the morning. Making your bed each morning will help encourage you to complete another task and give you a sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning. Choosing to exercise or get your body through going for a morning run or walk will fuel your morning and better your sleep at night. Not everyone’s routine will look the same, so it’s vital that you find a system that works for you. Establishing healthy habits can seem difficult, however, incorporating them into your daily routine will make it easier to practice every day.
2. Focus on bettering yourself
If you feel anxious or uneasy, focusing on bettering yourself will help distract and relieve some of the tension you’ve been feeling. We all have areas that need improvement in our lives, so if you’re struggling to feel good about yourself, then use this time at home to fix it!
Exercise is one of the best ways to boost your confidence and get you in a healthy mindset. If you don’t feel comfortable going to your local gym, then don’t fret because there are plenty of affordable tips to stay fit at home. Consider taking a virtual fitness class or simply searching for a workout routine online that fits your lifestyle and goals. Making a list of fitness goals will help set you on the right path and keep you motivated to reach your goals. If you’re struggling to find what works for you then consider taking a DNAfit test, it will give a valuable insight into what diet and exercise work best for your body according to your DNA. Exercise can eliminate stress and benefit not only your physical health but also your mental health.
3. Practice stress relief
Everyday life can come with stressors out of your control, whether it’s work, family life, or personal reasons, stress can cause you to spiral if not managed. Stress can also cause a multitude of health issues that can negatively affect your day to day life, like sleep problems or chest pains. The best way to overcome stress or anxiety is to practice stress relief. Practicing relaxation techniques in between your day will help you tune in your body and take a moment for yourself.
Stress can cause appearance like hair loss. If you’re noticing that you’re experiencing higher levels of hair loss during a stressful time, then it might be connected. Severe stress can interfere with the growth cycle of hair and cause you to shed more than usual, this is called telogen effluvium. If you’re experiencing telogen effluvium or male pattern baldness but want to handle the problem in its tracks then consider a topical hair loss treatment to help grow new hair, and create a more confident you.
4. Look at your diet
Your diet can have lasting impacts on your mental health, so take charge of it. Food fuels your body, so you want to make sure you’re putting the right kinds of food in it. It’s normal to reach for a sugary snack or a soft drink throughout the day, especially if you need a pick me up, however, those overly processed foods are doing more harm than good. Adding foods rich in antioxidants like fruits or vegetables into your diet will help you feel balanced and full of energy.
When looking at your diet, remember that you should always eat for your mental health. Shaking your old eating habits might be harder than you think. Make healthy choices readily available, that way you’re not tempted to reach for the bag of cookies. If you’re having a hard time quitting cold turkey then set small goals, like enjoying one soft drink a week, to help make the adjustment period easier.
5. Do things you enjoy!
Hobbies are important because they give you a chance to have some much needed “you” time, and if you’re a busy dad or work from 9-5, it can be challenging to have a moment to yourself. Spending quality time alone is crucial to have positive mental health. Spending time on a personal project or indulging in your favourite hobbies can enhance your life and help you stay mentally positive. Focusing on yourself also reduce the effects of depression and anxiety as some feel more relaxed with an improved mood when learning a new skill. Journaling, woodworking, or just binging your favourite show gives you a chance to escape your own thoughts for a couple of hours, leaving you feeling refreshed.
We hope these strategies can help you feel like your best self-again, and get moving. You can also get Health Fit to get more targeted tips that are personalised to you based on your genetic makeup.