Mind yourself (gurleen)πŸ’†

This blogpost describes ways to practice self-care. It is important to check-up on ourselves often and take care of ourselves emotionally, spiritually, physically. 🧘

  • Eat well
  • Exercise regularly
  • Practice yoga, meditation,mindfulness
  • Visit and spend time with family members (nobody loves you more)
  • Visit friends often
  • Visit neighbours
  • Treat yourself to a nice dessert or online shop every now and then
  • Netflix and chill
  • Practice hobbies; something creative as well as sports
  • Get your hair or makeup done
  • Book a massage
  • Have a nice bath using bathbombs and candles
  • Use a facemask
  • Play relaxing music
  • Make a scrapbook or look at old photos (good times)
  • Do some cleaning (some people find this relaxing)
  • Do some gardening
  • Walk in nature
  • Look up healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner ideas and make a shopping list
  • Make a smoothie
  • Brew a coffee
  • Write down goals and hopes for the future; this can be within the next month or year and not necessarily for five years time
  • Self reflect (lots of people do not do this and it is something everyone should do) I will do another blogpost on this again in the future
  • Organise a day trip
  • Go to mass
  • Volunteer
  • Write down a list of things you have achieved recently that you are proud of
  • Emotionally and physically distance yourself from people who are of no value to you, don’t treat you well, are not good for your general wellbeing, are not worth your time or don’t bring you happiness
  • Avoid conflicts,negativity, gossip, drama

Comment below if you enjoyed this post and if you have any other tips!βœ¨πŸ’­πŸ™


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Pack Up🧳

As the quarantine restrictions are easing, we can look forward to hopping on a plane in the not too distant future (hopefully). I have listed tips below for packing a suitcase and preparing for your next trip.

  • Write a list of things you want to bring- you can start this weeks in advance. You may have to buy some items for the trip and having a list will prevent you from forgetting anything important.
  • Roll your clothes to prevent them from creasing. Clothes can be placed in vacuum compression bags which are sealed, maximising space in your suitcase.
  • Pack heavier items such as shoes towards the bottom of the suitcase
  • Pour liquids into 100ml clear containers. Containers can be bought at a discount store, pharmacy or some clothing stores. Avoid bringing too many liquids if you are only going for a few days. Don’t forget suncream!
  • Fit oddly shaped items such as accessories or hairbrushes last.
  • Bring a totebag for foodshopping or souvenirs and another small bag for laundry. Ziplock bags are great for snacks, chargers or small items such as makeup and it is always a good idea to have two or three of these handy.
  • Check if you require a travel adapter for the country you are travelling to.
  • Luggage tags can be bought at a low cost and can be useful in preventing luggage from getting lost. Limit the amount of information on your lugagge tag, you do not need to write your home address or nationality. A name, phone number and email address should do as well as the address of where you are travelling to.
  • Bring a scarf for the plane journey. Whether it is an early morning flight or late at night, the plane can often be chilly.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle that can be brought through security empty.
  • Passport and boarding pass!

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Working and studying from homeπŸ’»

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It has been a few weeks now since quarantine began. This week, restrictions are starting to ease. However, many people continue to work and study at home for the time being.

There are many challenges associated with working and studying at home and it may have taken a while to adjust to this new way of living. Establishing a daily routine will help you to work more efficiently.

Make sure your workspace is clear, clutter-free and organised. Ideally, you should be studying or work at a desk or table rather than sitting on the couch or lying on your bed. Try to maintain a good posture. If you have children, working while they are at home at the same time is not ideal. Allocate a designated workspace that is quiet and ideally away from where family members are.

If you have a work meeting or videocall, make sure you are appropriately dressed and there is a tidy, bright background. Try leaving your smartphone in another room while you work to prevent it from distracting you. Limit your social media and phone time until a certain time of the day when you are finished working. Get some fresh air every now and then and schedule in daily walks. Take regular study breaks and have a short walk around every hour or so. This will allow oxygen to flow to your brain and blood to flow to your feet. Stay hydrated throughout the day and drink plenty of water.

Take the weekends off, or at least one day during the week. Working seven days a week during the lockdown is unattainable and unhealthy. See my other blog post Minding your mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic πŸ’†

Spend time with your family members each day. While living and working under the same roof as your family members 24/7, there will sure to be some conflict now and then. Watch a movie or play board games every so often. Just because you can’t go very far doesn’t mean you cant spend quality time together.

Many people are getting used to working and studying at home and many big companies reckon this might the future. Comment what your thoughts are πŸ’­


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