Although this blog is there to help you with your job search, it is also important to keep in mind a few pointers to help you keep your mental health safe. We have seen a lot of people this past few weeks struggling to cope with being locked inside with nowhere to go, some on their own, others with family, or with friends. Health isn’t all about how many miles you can run, or what vegetables you had for dinner last night, but it’s how you’re feeling and where your head is at. Here are a few hints and tips to ensure you are doing all you can to stay calm, safe and focused:
When you wake up in the morning, take some time to reflect. Whether that is over a coffee on your balcony in the sun, or just still lying in bed, take a moment to reflect on what is good in your life and the positives. Think about the friends and family you have, the roof over your head, the food in your fridge, and the knowledge that you can have this moment. We know things may not seem great right now, but you are in a good position and things will get better.
We are massive advocates for exercise here at Irwin & Dow. We believe that you are happier when you have done something active, and although you may not feel like doing it at the start, the endorphins will run, and you’ ll feel on top of the world when you are finished. There are so many home workouts out there at the moment, with Instagram, Facebook and YouTube being so popular, all you need is yourself, an open space, and a can-do attitude. Here are some that we have been trying, why not give one a go!
Limitless Training - https://www.instagram.com/jadelimitlesstraining/ (Live workouts daily)
Barrys UAE - https://www.instagram.com/barrysuae/ (Live workouts 10am and 5pm everyday)
Gymnation - bit.ly/2UqcKlW (Free access to over 800+ Les Mills workouts) – This ones my personal favourite!
Dryp AE - https://www.instagram.com/dryp_ae/ (Live workouts daily)
PE with Joe Wicks - https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1 (Monday - Friday at 12pm)
Jivamukti with Dina - https://www.instagram.com/jivamuktiwithdina/ (Live workouts daily)
With the likes of Zoom and Google Hangouts being easier to access here, staying in touch with the people you love has become much easier. Have a gathering online, taking part in a quiz or just have a chat with your mum whenever you feel down, can make things feel much better. People are built to be around other people, and with us not being able to do so at the minute, it is important that we keep ourselves socially active via any possible channel.
Commit to something worthwhile
Whether this be for yourself (committing to a routine that you have set yourself), or to help somebody else, it is good to have something to commit to, that you know you will get satisfaction from completing. If you are heading out to the supermarket and know that someone close by is struggling to get there, ask if you can grab anything for them whilst they are there. If you know of someone who is struggling to cope, reach out to them – there are so many ways of doing this. Just because we can’t be within proximity to one another, doesn’t mean we have to be alone.
Making sure that your mental health is your number one priority right now is key. Stay positive and ensure you reach out and ask for help if you need it. You are not alone, and there is always someone to talk too.
Stay home, stay safe, and we will make it through this.