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Emotional well-being at home

Our emotional well-being can often be overlooked as its not always visible to those around us. As we all adjust to life and new routines at home, our emotional well-being is challenged on a daily basis. Consider implementing these tips and stay well during difficult times. 

Box breathing exercises 

During these times a lot of our focus may be placed on information gathering and searching for answers from the news or social media. Some may also find it particularly challenging to work-from-home. Unplug for a few minutes & learn more about box breathing exercises.

Make a gratitude list

Make a daily or weekly gratitude list. Taking time to write all that you are grateful for will help you stay positive. Post it on your fridge or in an area that you will see as a reminder.

Meditation

Meditation can involve listening to gentle music, walking outdoors and listening to the birds, focusing on the stars or the sky, or listening to recorded meditation practice. Meditate for ten minutes at the beginning and end of your day. Meditation can help kick start your day positively and help you prepare to sleep at the end of the day.

Write a letter

Write a letter to yourself sharing your strengths and attributes. Consider how you would talk to your best friend and keep this letter in an accessible spot so that you can read it whenever you need a reminder.

Sleep

At a minimum, try to get seven hours of sleep per night while consistently going to bed and getting up at the same time. Sleep not only affects our mood but also our ability to focus and perform better in our daily activities. Establishing a regular routine that includes turning screens off at before bedtime, taking a relaxing shower or bath or reading may also contribute to a good night’s sleep.

Limit caffeine & alcohol consumption

Limit caffeine and alcohol consumption and increase your water consumption. Too much caffeine and/or alcohol can negatively impact your sleep and also contribute to anxiety. Some healthy alternatives to caffeine and/or alcohol include green tea or other herbal teas, sparkling water or hot water and lemon.