As post-lockdown restlessness continues, how can people get back on track with a regular routine that promotes health and mental wellbeing? Below, we provided a few handy tips for staying healthy, organized, and in peak physical and mental condition.
Get more sleep
Preparing the body for sleep is crucial. Avoid screens an hour before bedtime and long naps in the day, reduce caffeine consumption and set sleep timers so you always wake up at the same time.
You could also consider massage therapy, which reduces stress hormones and helps release neurotransmitters that stabilize your mood. Or bear this next tip in mind…
Exercise controls weight gain, improves your mood, boosts energy, and helps your body fend off disease. Shape your week around chunks of exercise paired with regular massage recovery sessions to get back into a regular routine.
According to the World Health Organization, adults should perform at least 150 minutes of ‘moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity each week, but this can of course be broken up to suit your schedule.
Don’t over-rely on medication
Medication such as painkillers serve a purpose, but UK consumers are discovering that some of their effects can be achieved through other means. For example, studies have shown that massage can relieve workplace pain, muscle tension, and stress while improving joint mobility and flexibility.
Painkillers can have adverse side effects, particularly amongst vulnerable people, or can prove fatal if taken at too high a dosage. A recent study found that 232 people may have died from taking an accidental overdose of prescription opioids in England between 2000 and 2015.
Speak to your employer about your work/life balance
Now is the time to revaluate your current structure and what works for you. Research from the Adecco Group states that 77% of UK employees want a mix of office-based and remote working after Covid-19.
Discuss your ideal work structure with your superiors, and ensure you communicate with other employees in your team so you can support each other. When your work/life balance improves, you’ll see the impact on your mental health.
Make massage a part of your regular routine
Now it’s easier than ever to regularly access massage therapy that relaxes your muscles, reduces mental health problems, and improves sleep, contributing to a healthy, productive post-pandemic routine.
This post was written by Eve Crabtree and originated on Your Coffee Break.