Mental Health: Managing Sleep, Stress and Strength

Let’s face it: life, as we know it, has been well and truly turned on its head, wreaking havoc with our fitness and sleep regimes.

How do we now exercise? What’s now the best solution to deal with stress? And how are we going to sleep if we can’t get out and burn off the same amount of energy? These are all valid questions in current CORONA circumstances.

In these testing times, it’s essential that people stay on top of their sleep, stress, and strength to stay fit and healthy.

Keep exercising

The best place to start is with working out. You can go out to exercise only once a day. Walking, cycling or running is safe to do alone, but going to the gym or doing a fitness class isn’t an option.

Manage stress

The 2020 Wellness Index found that 11 percent of all respondents felt extremely stressed on a regular basis, with a further 25 percent feeling an unhealthy amount of stress. The current situation is stress-inducing, to say the least, so what can people do to manage their stress and anxiety levels whilst at home?

Regular exercise can certainly help with this, but here are five additional tips for those feeling exceedingly stressed during this period of self-isolation and social distancing:

  • To-do lists can help with breaking down what may feel like a mammoth task ahead. If each day is digested into easier chunks it will instantly feel more manageable, not to mention the satisfaction one gets when crossing off jobs that are complete.
  • Separate personal and working spaces. Even though the comfort of one’s bed may feel torturous to leave, the temptation to open a laptop from the warmth of a duvet should be resisted. Instead, try and treat your days as you would when going to the office. Getting up, showered, and dressed are the obvious recommendations (goodbye, pajamas!).
  • Go for a walk before starting the working day, treat this as a sort of “commute” to clear your head. Ideally, people will return to a dedicated working station, thus helping separate what is ‘home’ and what is ‘work’.
  • Keep talking! Just because people aren’t physically together it doesn’t mean the support of colleagues has disappeared. Video calls can be especially helpful in these situations, creating more of an authentic and real life-like exchange.
  • Take regular breaks, whether it’s a walk, yoga, or even making a cup of tea, breaks are essential to ensure mental wellbeing.

Sleep well

Keeping on top of daily exercise and stress management practices should help with sleep during these testing times, however, it’s still down to you to put the time aside to sleep!

We all know that an extra episode on Netflix or just one more chapter of your book is tempting, but now more than ever you need to be taking care of yourself!

This is particularly aimed at the 46 percent of you not getting your eight hours of sleep a night. Not only will it help you perform your daily exercises and keep on top of stress, but it will also help with your work throughout the day so you don’t feel rundown.

Given that most of us are now sleeping where we work, there’s no excuse not to get those eight hours in!