This week's BYP Blog is a guest article from Lildonia Lawrence, a life coach, educator and yoga instructor. Lildonia produces monthly content for the BYP Network centred on wellbeing, wellness and healthy living.
Earlier in the month, I spoke with Kike on Instagram live to talk about all thing’s wellbeing during the time of Covid-19. We had a great chat and explored various ways to manage wellness at this time.
Here are my top three takeaways:
Create a routine
Being out of a routine unsettles us and adds to the already high level of uncertainty we may be battling with. Having an overall daily and weekly routine is paramount for providing a sense of stability and improved productivity. Try to sleep and wake at the same times every day and if you are working from home try not to punctuate your day with non-work-related tasks (such as three hours scrolling on Instagram!). Take your lunch breaks as normal and ritualise your day by adding in something to mark the beginning and end. This could be as simple as ‘dressing for work’ in the morning and going for a walk at the end of the day.
It can be tempting to stay in all day and not to take advantage of our daily exercise allowance. However, our bodies are made to move and being sedentary for long periods of time can lead to a host of physical ailments. Exercise and fresh air are so important for our mental health and this is a time where we need to look after our minds as much as possible. Even a few laps around the block can work wonders. If you are worried about social distancing, try taking your walk in the early morning or choose suburban routes with fewer people.
Allow yourself to feel
There are so many emotions to be felt during this time, a true rollercoaster of highs and lows. We have all experienced anxious moments, moments of clarity and moments of grief. We must allow ourselves to feel these. I have had clients tell me they feel guilty for grieving seemingly ‘small losses’ such as their weekly spin class when others are going through such a difficult time. Pain is pain and feeling upset about things that you have lost does not mean you’re ungrateful or that you don’t have compassion for others. Take the time to process your emotions. Journal it, talk it out and allow the feelings to release.
Lildonia Lawrence is a life coach, yoga instructor and sex educator working in London. She has a background in psychology and mental health and has spent many years working in the health and wellbeing industries. Her week is spent with a mixture of delivering health workshops, teaching group classes and leading coaching sessions. Alongside this, she works as a wellbeing writer for several publications. You can find out more about her work at @lildonia.lawrence