In response to the lifestyle shift we are all now facing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, leading developer Barratt Homes has partnered with The Stress Management Society to give its tips on adjusting to a new ‘temporary normal’.
The campaign comes as part of Stress Awareness Month which runs through April and aims to tackle stress and encourage people to focus on their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Whilst it is an incredibly stressful, uncertain and challenging time for us all, adapting to the change of the current crisis we are experiencing is not an easy task.
As a result of this, the responsible homebuilder has collaborated with The Stress Management Society support Nottinghamshire residents during the pandemic, whilst donating funds to their research and support services.
Chief De-Stressing Officer, Neil Shah, from the Stress Management Society, said: “It is imperative to deal with the emotions you are feeling, build resilience and ensure your health and wellbeing is your number one priority.”
Jan Ruston, Sales Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “At such a strange and uncertain time like this, it’s important to remember to practice self-care and ensure we’re looking after ourselves as well as protecting others.
“Whilst we’re all staying at home to stop the spread of the virus, we understand that this is a difficult situation and staying positive is absolutely key. These top tips are not only simple and easy to follow, but they can make a huge difference to your daily life.”
The top tips include:
- Add Spontaneity to Your Daily Routine!
It is important to try to stick to a daily routine as much as possible to create a sense of normality and add structure and purpose to your day. However, one of The Stress Management Society’s key tips during Covid-19 is to be spontaneous. Being spontaneous can equally be beneficial for your wellbeing and help to keep boredom and the feeling of cabin fever at bay. It can be a great way to de-stress, helping you to ‘go with the flow’ much more easily, be more flexible, creative and stay fresh by doing something new! Why not set yourself the goal of doing one spontaneous thing each day?
- Focus on What is Within Your Control
During an anxious time, such as the Covid-19 crisis, it is common for our thoughts to wonder and start to think of the negatives. This often leads us to think ‘what if…’. This type of catastrophic thinking focuses on the negatives, so instead, shift your mindset to being more of a ‘glass half full’ and thinking of the positive consequences. Don’t waste time and energy on worrying about things that are out of your control, instead you must let go of them.
- Take Time Out to Prioritise Your Wellbeing (Physical, Mental and Emotional)
Keeping physically, mentally and emotionally well is vital. Make sure you set aside time each day to focus on each aspect. If you find yourself feeling anxious or stressed coping with the change, take some time out and do something to boost your wellbeing. For example, do a home workout, meditate and keep a mood and thought diary to reflect on your emotions.
- The 30-Day Challenge
The definition of Power is ‘the ability to do, act or influence’ and we are determined to support you in empowering yourself to make positive choices for your wellbeing. ‘The 30-Day Challenge’ involves picking one action each for your Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing to carry out every day. It takes 30 days to turn actions into habits, which is why this is a month-long programme. The 30-day challenge will maximise your chances of turning useful knowledge and techniques into positive behavioural change.
You can find The 30-Day Challenge, including a range of tips and access to The Stress Management Society’s resources here: https://www.stress.org.uk/samresources2020/.
Chief of Creativity, Happiness & Innovation, Duncan Rzysko, added: “All in all, living in a time where social distancing and isolating is the new temporary norm, it is more important than ever to ensure you are maximising your wellbeing and mastering personal resilience to help you to adapt to the current situation we are facing.”
For more information on Barratt Homes, please visit www.barratthomes.co.uk.