Coronavirus is causing many of us to feel the stress as we try to juggle work and home with ongoing health worries and restrictions on our daily routines.
Now, more than ever, it’s important to build time into your daily routine to relax and unwind, allowing your mind and body to recover.
Take a look at our article on building a personal switching off routine LINK to get thinking about how to build relaxation into your day.
Everyone will have a different idea of the kind of thing they find relaxing, but we've pulled together a few ideas to get you started.
Signals are actions that you do at a similar time each day that help flag to your mind and body that it's time to switch off. Here are just a few ideas for signals you could include in your routine.
- Change clothes
- Put on music
- Take a shower
Planning something you look forward to or trying something new can be a great way to take your mind off a stressful day at work. Looking for more inspiration on things to do in lockdown? Take a look at our articles on keeping busy in lockdown or professional development you can do at home.
- Go for a walk
- Colouring in
- Phone a friend
- Walk to a new park
- Try a new recipe
- Plan something to look forward to
- Organise your photos
- Listen to a podcast
- Play a board game
- Do a Su Doku or crossword puzzle
Struggling to think of what helps you relax? Here are just a few of the common things people find helpful when trying to switch off.