5 Tips for Looking after your physical and mental wellbeing during Covid 19

Life in lockdown certainly has its ups and downs! With this in mind, we have created our top tips for how to look after your physical and mental wellbeing.

Look forward!

This pandemic will have an end, so look forward to the future, where we can touch, hug and hang out with our friends, family and work colleagues again. Look forward to sporting events coming back and your favourite live TV programme being broadcast. Be assured a sense of normality will return.

Learn something

At the Academy our teammates are busy taking up new hobbies like knitting, baking, learning a new language, meditation and more! There are so many activities to keep you busy and keep your mind stimulated. There is no better time than now to learn something new!

Learn a new language with Duolingo

Try out Future Learn, which offers free online short courses with subjects covering a range of interests.

Try some free online courses through The Open University.

Be kind

Think of others and do something kind. Loneliness and Isolation is hard for anyone, so reach out to those who are on their own. Send them a text, a card, make a phone call, invite them to join an online session. A connection with someone might make their day and it might make yours too.

Exercise

We can now go outside and exercise as much as we want, yeah! 😊 so get going and enjoy what nature has to offer. Physical activity has a massive impact on how we feel emotionally and physically. It can be as simple as going for a daily walk, run or bike ride, or more vigorous like circuit training in your garden. Many gyms, yoga teachers, dance teachers are now hosting free online sessions so give something a go.

As part of their ‘live well’ campaign, the NHS have created free guides and workout videos to keep healthy. These are a great resource, especially if you have no fitness equipment at home. See below:

Self-discipline

Establish a routine and make the most of your day. Life is precious, so don’t waste time watching that boxset. Get up early, create a to-do list (with all the above actions) and get going. Ticking things off your list will feel good and you will go to bed with a real sense of achievement!

Additional resources from The Apprentice Academy

Check out the TAA Motivation Monday Podcast

Led by Director Jim Clarke, The Academy has started the ‘Motivation Monday’ podcast! Motivation Monday is designed to help kick start your week in the right way, offering tips, sharing positive news stories, and inviting guests to talk about the new hobbies they have taken up whilst in lockdown. We have had some great feedback, both from employers and learners. At the time of writing this blog, 4 episodes have been released and you can check them out at this link.