Environmental wellbeing and during (and after) COVID lockdowns: find out now in 3 easy ways

Feeling that your environment is becoming toxic? Feeling that things are getting on top of you?

Read further to find out 3 ways to look after your environmental wellness and wellbeing during and after COVID.

Hello all. Before I continue, if you have not had a chance, have a read of the previous blogs around wellbeing and COVID, including looking at ways to support your social and emotional wellbeing. With that said, let’s carry on with the blog of the day!

When we talk about emotional wellbeing, we are looking at how we can manipulate and shape our environment to help ourselves feel better.

One way, is to rearrange furniture (and declutter your office space)

Couch and coffee table

It may sound simple, but moving things around the room can really make it feel like a different place. This could be as simple as putting up and old painting and moving furniture around. Clearing your desk and decluttering is also a good way to regain focus on the work at hand. It can be difficult to think clearly and prioritise your work when your desk is a mess.

When working from home, try to create an office or work space separate to everything else so you can create a work mindset and take breaks from work

Parent working from home, with child

Working from home can also present the issue of when do you start work and when you finish? Do you remember to take your breaks? Creating a separate office space in the home and setting break times may also help you to switch off between and work. If you are stuck for space and live in a small area, it may also help to ……

Go for a walk and notice the nature (put your phone away to appreciate it more)

Picture of a man walking in the woods

….. go for a walk. Put your phone down, lift your head, open your eyes and ears. Part of switching off is also about getting out. Plus, getting out and getting fresh air will also help your brain to relax and process, which is important for your wellbeing but also valuable for your productivity.

Other things you can try:

  • Change your computer background for something more visually appealing and relaxing
  • Open the window and get some fresh air
  • Light a scented candle

Here is a video I found about mental and emotional health, and your emotional wellbeing. I hope you find it to informative and entertaining.

YouTube property. What is emotional and mental health?

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, and if you know of anyone who may benefit from / appreciate the blog, please recommend it to them as well. And if you are feeling low and struggling with your mental health, please know that during this difficult time of the pandemic, that there is still help out there and help available. Talk to your GP. Freephone Samaritans 116 123.

There is help out there. You are not alone.

Remember: it’s a journey. It will take time. Have patience in the process. You will get there. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and have a lovely time wherever you are on the planet.

And remember: love yourself. And others.

Greg

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A bit about the author:

I am a guy who just over 40, who is sharing a journey of wellness and wellbeing. I am also a mental health professional with a wealth of years of experience in supporting individuals who have challenging mental illnesses and personality disorders. 

Prior to my current professional role, I spent several years supporting members of the community as a fitness professional, assisting individuals with weight loss and health improvement programmes.

I completed a PGDip in Mental Health Nursing in 2013, and an MSc in Advanced Practice in 2016 in which I looked at improving nurses’ level of engagement with patients with challenging personality disorders. 

In 2018 I successfully undertook a Clinical reasoning in Physical Assessments course, and in 2020 I commenced further training in Nurse Prescribing to train toward becoming an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, and will be looking forward to supporting those in the community with mental health support and medicinal support.

In 2015 I also undertook a Mentorship for practice (BSc Hons) course and have been supporting future nurses with their training and development. I have also recently supported a Healthcare Assistant Staff toward training in and successfully passing and achieving a Foundation Degree in Mental Health Nursing.

In my current role I am a person looking to support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the individual. Don’t think of me as a motivational coach or speaker. Think of me more as a wellness guide, as I use my mental health training and experience to suggest and advice ways to enhance your wellness and wellbeing. If you are struggling with your mental health though, please seek advice from a medical professional such as your GP.

I believe that it is a journey. It is a process. It will take time. But we will get there.

Remember: it’s a journey. It will take time. Have patience in the process. You will get there. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and have a lovely time wherever you are on the planet.

And remember: love yourself. And others.

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