We’ve been living under varying levels of lockdown for over three months now and (although everyone’s situations are different) I think it’s fair to say that all our lives have changed.
So I thought it might be a good time for us to do a wellbeing check-in!
Of the things that I’m grateful for during lockdown – my top three (in no particular order) would be: my garden, being able to work from home and living with a wellbeing advisor! Mostly because he’s lovely… but the wellbeing advice is always a bonus!
One of the things that Beardie often refers to as a good way to check-in with how we’re feeling is the “five ways to wellbeing”.
Research has shown that we need to fulfil certain needs in order to maintain good wellbeing: Connecting to others, being active, taking notice, learning and giving. You can find more details over on the Mind website here.
Connecting to others has definitely been difficult for all of us during lockdown… video chats just aren’t the same but they’re better than nothing.
So maybe do a check-in with how you’re feeling now and think about how that compares to the before-times. Maybe there’s one of these five needs that you’ve been fulfilling more during lockdown and you want to carry that through to the after-times?
I’ve personally been a lot more active and have really been enjoying running (still can’t believe that…) so I want to make time for that on the other side.
I’ve also realised how much I value seeing my friends face-to-face and being able to hug them! I’m definitely going to be a hugger when we have a vaccine!
Hope you’re all staying safe and mentally and physically well x