4 FREE self help resources – Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing

Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing - 4 FREE self help resources
Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing

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We are all living in such uncertain and worrying times right now. So many things are causing us stress and anxiety on top of the Coronavirus itself. Work, money, food, health, children, staying home, the list seems endless. Any one of these can magnify underlying anxieties we may have.

Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing - anxiety
Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing – anxiety

Now, perhaps more than ever, we need to be taking care of our mental wellbeing as well as our physical wellbeing. Recently I wrote about what simple steps you can take to stay healthy in body. I have put together some free resources to stay mentally healthy.

Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing - don't panic
Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing – don’t panic

1 – Mind Cards – FREE download

I’m very pleased to have teamed up with LSW London to bring you their Mind Cards. If you haven’t heard of them, they provide products to promote wellbeing and mindfulness. Lili, the founder, realised that it isn’t the big grand gestures that make us happy. It is the small things which build up over time to give us that meaningful, lasting happiness. She has devised Mind Cards which prompt you to do one simple thing each day to build on your happiness. You can purchase single packs from as little as £2.99 or a whole set for £14.99. Additionally, just for you, I’ve got a gift of a FREE relaxation download, normally £2.99, with promo code FREELAXATION for this week only. Click here to redeem your freebie and take a look around Lili’s shop.

The relaxation download session is only just over 5 minutes long, short enough to slot into a busy day. The first time I tried it I fell into a state of deep relaxation very quickly. I was then able to clear my mind and focus for the rest of the day. It’s like a verbal guide to your mental happy place. A great way to start your journey into mindfulness. Highly recommended.

Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing - happy place
Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing – happy place

2 – Headspace – FREE content

I have used the Headspace app for some years. They have tons of meditation and mindfulness resources and some free introductory courses too. If you have never meditated before, this is a great place to start. They have released a FREE pack to help get through the current global crisis. It is called Weathering the Storm. Usually you subscribe to access all of their content and this is a brilliant freebie from them.

Andy Puddicombe, one of the founders of Headspace, voices a lot of the courses and has the most relaxing and soothing voice. It’s hard for me not to fall asleep when listening to him. Although my initial reason for starting with Headspace was to sleep better, they have packages for all sorts of situations. Sleeping is one of them of course, they also have packages for calming meditations, stressful situations, SOS sessions and much more. I have a link for you to get 14 days full free access. Down load via the App Store or Play store. You can access the free pack via the app and some of the content on the website. Highly Recommended.

Explore Headspace
Explore Headspace

3 – Calm – FREE content

CALM is another meditation resource which has been around for years. They have offered a free pack with Soothing Meditations, a Calm Masterclass and Calm Kids resources. You can access their FREE content here. Read all the way to the bottom of the page as they have 40% off your first year of premium membership right now, if you want to sign up for more.

Calm
Calm

4 – NHS website – extensive FREE resources

Last but by no means least, is our wonderful NHS and their Every Mind Matters campaign. The website is chock full of resources. Firstly there is guidance for your wellbeing whilst having to stay at home. Secondly they have a list of 10 simple ways to deal with the anxiety of Coronavirus. Not only that, in the Apps tab there are plenty more things for your general health such as the Couch to 5k app, Easy meals and Active 10 apps. All are available in the App store and Play store.

NHS logo
NHS logo

Without question, the main thing to remember in all of this is:

STAY AT HOME, PROTECT THE NHS, SAVE LIVES

Stay safe and much love x

6 Ways to stay healthy during the Covid-19 outbreak

Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak - Virus
Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak – Virus

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Ways to keep yourself healthy in these uncertain times

Now has never been a better time to look after your health and those around you. I posted recently about quick and easy food to grow. Here are a few more things to help you stay healthy during the Covid-19 outbreak.

1 – Heed the Government advice – NO EXCEPTIONS.

This cannot be overstated. Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save lives. All the updated advice can be found on the Governments dedicated page.

2 – Protect your immune system.

Fresh fruit and vegetables may become harder to come by or more expensive in the coming weeks. Invest in some multivitamins or at least vitamin c and zinc. They need not be expensive, some reasonable multivitamins can be found here at just 4p per tablet. When fresh food is limited you can still give your body the nutrients it needs. Oranges and orange juice are increasing in price and I have no doubt the other fruits vegetables we normally import (which is a lot) will follow.

 Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak  - protect your immune system
Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak – protect your immune system

3 – Grow nutrient dense Microgreens

These little nutrient bombs can be ready in 1-2 weeks and are packed with goodness. Many have greater nutrient value than the adult plants (see this study here by the USDA). Importantly, you can grow them indoors. Read more about this on my post here, and you can get inexpensive starter kits here. Any organic seeds are safe to grow, or specially selected seeds for microgreens. They will not have been treated with any harmful chemicals.

Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak  - protect your immune system
Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak – microgreens

4 – Make sure you get fresh air and exercise.

At the time of writing, in the UK, we are allowed to leave the house once a day for one form of exercise, for example walking, running or cycling. However, if you have a garden, a good session out there can be just as invigorating. Additionally, it is massively beneficial for your mental health too. The time is perfect for tidying up after winter, washing your seed trays and pots, starting some seeds off, planting early potatoes, the list (for me at least) is endless. I use this stuff for cleaning the pots, greenhouse, birdfeeders and more, its natural, non toxic to pets, aquatics and wildlife.

5 – Take a break from social media

This might sound counterintuitive coming from someone running a blog who has a social media presence. However, it is full of nonsense about Coronavirus, some of it potentially very damaging. For example, there was a story stating that garlic will protect you from the virus. Simply put, IT WILL NOT. Watch an informative video on the BBC here. The Government have also just launched a free WhatsApp service for information, and also to alert you to coronavirus myths. Information on how to access it can be found here.

Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak  - take a break from social media
Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak – take a break from social media

6 – Stay in touch with friends and relatives

Pick up the phone, load up Skype, message on Whatsapp. Whatever your method, it will help keep you and the recipient happier. Here is an interesting article on Sky News about communication and happiness levels. This could mean the world to someone who is alone, shielding, or simply missing the contact of other humans in daily life.

Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak  -  keep in touch
Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak – keep in touch

More than anything, I hope you all stay healthy during the coronavirus outbreak and remember we will get through this. And finally:

STAY AT HOME, PROTECT THE NHS, SAVE LIVES

Much love <3

Feeling meh….

It’s inevitable, the good spirits wear off. Usually when the weather is overcast, dark and miserable, like today.

When I feel less than great, I try and remember to do three things:

-something I need to do

-something I have to do

-something I want to do

Feeling meh

Need

Things you need to do are things that, when not done, have negative consequences. Such as not paying a bill for instance. Today, my “need to do” was sending my proof of no claims bonus to my new car insurance company. The consequences of not doing this would be an increased premium. None of us want to pay more for insurance than we should!

I felt a bit better having done that, knowing it is off my “to-do” list, and one less worry on my mind.

Have

Have to do things are the daily chores of life. For example doing the laundry, or washing up. Or maybe even making tomorrows lunches. The sort of things that keep life running a bit more smoothly. My “have to do” today was to put away some clean clothes and put another load of washing in the machine. I know now that there wont be a backlog of clean clothes followed by a backlog of dirty ones! And the bedroom looks tidier, that’s a bonus!

Want

I think this is fairly self-explanatory. Do something every day that you enjoy, you want to do. Watching a film or your favourite TV programme, an hour in the garden, weather permitting, are some examples. Whatever makes you feel good, lifts your spirits, it is all good.

From personal experience, I know how hard it can be to lift yourself out of the fog and into the light. So even on the darkest days both mentally and meteorologically, just three things can made the difference.

My “want to do” today is watching the snooker on the TV, while painting around the fireplace. I find painting quite therapeutic and love snooker, so that works well for me.

What three things can you do today?

Happy New Year! Happy New Blog!

Happy New Year

So, having thought about this for rather more time that I will admit to, I decided to finally put fingers to keyboard. It all started, just a couple of years ago. I found that gardening was more than just bunging a few bedding plants in pots. A bit more than watering them when I remembered. I realised that it actually helped me in so, so many ways. For example, from growing some potatoes in pots as an experiment, to designing and building a fully fledged mini garden allotment. Also, and very importantly, to giving time for my poor overworked brain to rest and recuperate after a series of highly stressful life events.

You can imagine that this came as a bit of a shock to me, and my family. Having been pretty much a lifetime snubber of anything remotely green and leafy, it was a real about turn. And it came at the right time, really really at the right time. Just when I needed something else, to calm the stressed mind. To focus on something different, to nurture, and to reap the rewards of my efforts.

So, I’d like to share the journey with you, both what has gone before and what is to come. Gentle gardening and a little crafting, for the body and mind!

Glad to have you as company 🙂