Health and Wellbeing Tips After COVID-19
Karen Blake Coaching has partnered with Forces Fitness for the last few years on Employability Retreats, for clients with a variety of barriers to employment. They follow a programme that give:
- Practical advice on building self-confidence,
- Physical health and overall wellbeing.
- Benefits of positive thinking
- Workplace confidence
- Preparing for employment
- Labour market changes
- Interview preparation
- Creating a tailored CV
- Setting goals
- Work/Life balance
- Team building
Sean Molino BCA (Forces Fitness Director) is a forces veteran who previously worked as a Physical Training Instructor with the Welsh Guards. We both understand how to assist our communities and military veterans who are dealing with mental health issues, and we want to ensure that our learning environment is person-centered.
Due to the pandemic that caused lockdowns and forced the closure of all Fitness and Leisure facilities in 2020 and 2021, it is critical to understand how to stay on top of your health and well-being as we move into better times.
Sean has shared some of his best tips for us to try! (We’d love to see photos of you connecting with nature or being active!)
1. STAY ACTIVE
Try to be active three times per week. This could include walking, jogging, walking up and down the stairs, a home circuit, or yoga. What matters is that you are staying active and having fun! A great example is if you enjoy photography, get your camera out, go for a walk, and do what you enjoy while staying active. There is an activity for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level.
2. EMBRACE THE OUTDOORS
It’s good for your mind and body – Recent studies have discovered that outdoor exercise increases energy and revitalization while decreasing confusion, anger, depression, and tension when compared to indoor exercise. It makes you feel better about yourself.
According to research from the University of Essex, working out in nature boosts your self-esteem. Soak up the sun’s rays. Get that much-needed Vitamin D3 from your outdoor activities; it’s essential for bone health and metabolic function.
3. KEEP LEARNING
It’s critical to keep learning and trying new things. Lifelong learning boosts self-esteem and promotes social interaction and a more active lifestyle. Every year, I try something new and continue to learn, whether through accredited courses, CPD courses, or simply learning new training techniques or challenges that will benefit me.
4. GIVE BACK AND SUPPORT OTHERS
People are more likely to consider themselves to be happy when they support and assist others. You can support and assist people in a variety of ways, including listening to them, having a chat with them if you notice they’re having a bad day, and even providing financial support, as many fundraisers do!
5. GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK FROM TECHNOLOGY
Our lives have been taken over by social media and modern technology. It can have both positive and negative effects, and we all need to take breaks from time to time. Whether it’s not watching the news too frequently or taking a break from social media, especially if you find yourself reacting to it and it’s putting you in a bad mood, remember to take care of yourself, your health, and your well-being!
6. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO WILL HELP AND SUPPORT YOU AND YOUR LIFE JOURNEY
Get rid of people who constantly put you down and are always on your back, both in person and online. Remove people from your social media who only appear to argue or constantly criticise you. They are not worth your time, and they are certainly not worth affecting your mental health. Have a network of people you can trust to advocate for you and support you when you need it.
7. A HEALTHY DIET
A healthy diet can protect the human body from diseases like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. A healthy diet has a significant impact on our overall well-being and keeps us feeling energetic and upbeat!
My main top tips are to eat natural as best possible by consuming a High Fibre, low GI Carbohydrate diet including – Protein, a small amount of dairy, good fats and plenty of Fruit and Vegetables.
- Try and drink 2-3 Litres of Water each day.
- Aim to eat 7-9 Fruit and Vegetables a day (Remember 80 grams = 1 Portion)
- Choose wholemeal over white when looking at bread, pasta, and rice.
- Fish is a great source of Omega 3, Good Fats and Protein (I try to consume it at least twice a week)
- Cut down on your Fizzy Drinks intake
- Aim to be good 80% of the time, we are all allowed a treat and also some time out. Don’t let your diet run your life.
Last but not least, there’s no magic formula, but I’ve found that the things above have helped me in my life journey, and I’m sure they can help you too, especially when it comes to staying healthy and happy!
Being happy leads to more happiness!
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