Our Top Tips for Your Wellbeing During Periods of Lockdown as well as in Normal Times
Wherever we live, there is a constant chance that we may have to endure periods of lockdown, confined to our home for long periods.
That is a huge ask.
And ensuring our wellbeing at home becomes more important than ever.
We share a few tips on how to achieve that sense of wellbeing.
When you have to spend long periods in your home, it is important to incorporate one or two calm areas in that home. Areas that are free of digital distractions and more likely to encourage healthy interactions with family and friends. Experts point out that it is important to design such a space around people and not the TV. At the same time, such calm areas could make the most of any sunshine available and include quiet spots for study. Vitamin D (derived from that sunshine when outdoors) is not called the wellbeing hormone for nothing.
Letting in the light
Exposure to light is important for maintaining our body’s natural rhythm. Daylight is much more powerful than electric light and should be made full use of through your windows. Think about how they are shaded to allow for morning light, to protect from intense heat while providing darkness at night. Ideally, the largest windows in the home should be where you spend the majority of the day - perhaps in the kitchen or where your desk is placed if you work from home. Another plus is that you can enjoy any view from a large window at the same time.
Toning it down
We are all for having lots of light but perhaps not all the time! Light and darkness are very important to our biological clocks or circadian rhythms. For example, we should not be exposed to too much blue light or other light in the evenings because this can affect how well you sleep, your mood and even your eating habits and digestion. To this end, consider planning a layered lighting scheme with lamps and dimmer switches to help your mind and body to unwind in the evening. At the same time, it is always wise to keep screens out of the bedroom to ensure good sleep habits.
Shutting out the noise
You may be suffering from traffic noise, overhead planes or even noisy neighbours. Sound can impact on our wellbeing too. We can often improve the levels of sound in the home by using materials that absorb or distribute sound differently. Suggestions include incorporating soft materials and artwork to absorb sound.
Connecting with nature
One example is that being close to water is hugely beneficial for our mental and physical health. While we can't all be lucky enough to be living next to a lake or having a river running through, we can either incorporate a water feature in any outdoor space or introduce the sound of tinkling of water in a small fountain indoors.
Being smart with space
Whatever size space you are blessed with, design can play a big part in making it comforting and welcoming, preferably with a connection to the outdoors and a layout that flows.