Five tips to help you bounce back after lockdown

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As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, you may not be feeling your best after a year of isolation. Here are some tips to help you bounce back.

After a year of on and off lockdowns, it’s fair to say we’re not feeling our best. With months of isolation, anxiety, uncertainty, change and bad weather, the past year has taken its toll on our mental and physical health.

The good news is that lockdown restrictions are lifting, the weather is improving and there’s a sense of optimism in the air.

This is the perfect time to focus on health and happiness as we leave dreary winter behind and move to brighter, happier times.

Here we’ll share 5 tips to help you bounce back after lockdown.

Social anxiety

If you’re naturally anxious, or you suffer from social anxiety, the easing of restrictions may be worrying news for you. For many introverts and social anxiety sufferers, the Covid-19 lockdowns and forced isolation rules have been a welcome escape from society.

Perhaps you’ve been happy in your home bubble, free from social engagements and unwanted conversations.

If you’re feeling anxious at the thought of socialising or returning to the office, it’s important to get support.

  • Read up on social anxiety learn about how and why it affects people
  • Speak to your friends and family - you’ve no reason to feel ashamed!
  • Get support from a GP or mental health professional

Cut Back on Booze

Have you found yourself drinking more alcohol during lockdown? You’re not alone.

New research from independent alcohol education charity, Drinkaware, reveals that around two in five (38%) of people on furlough and a third (33%) of parents with at least one child under 18 are drinking more alcohol since the start of lockdown.

While alcohol might make you feel better temporarily, the long-term effects can be dangerous.

If you’re concerned about your alcohol intake, there are many charities in the UK that can help;

You can also get help through the NHS or your GP.

You can also read our earlier post about what happens when you give us alcohol by clicking here.

Healthy body, healthy mind

There’s a common misconception about exercise that it needs to be all or nothing. But did you know that ANY exercise can have a positive impact on your health?

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise you can do - and it doesn’t cost a penny!

A brisk walk around the block each day, or choosing to take the stairs instead of the lift, can help you build up your fitness. Start small, then gradually increase the length and speed at which you walk.

You could sign up to a local dog walking service or choose to meet your friend for a walk instead of a wine. Over time, these simple changes will improve your body and your mind.

Nutrition - a few simple changes

Listen up - you don’t need to cut out carbs, sugar, fat, laughter, hopes, dreams and happiness to eat healthily. If you want to bounce back after lockdown, forget about fad diets and quick fixes.

It’s all about moderation. A mix of food groups, well rounded nutrition and the occasional treat.

Do you live for your daily croissant? Keep it! Just make sure you also eat lots of fruit and veg, and you have a brisk twenty to thirty minute walk each day to work off those calories.

At Vala, our nutrition team is on hand to provide advice and support about how and why to eat the right foods.

Getting support

If you’re keen to bounce back after lockdown but you’re unsure of where to begin, we can help!

Our dedicated team of healthcare experts can support you with all aspects of your health and wellbeing.

From fitness and nutrition, mental health and functional medicine, to virtual GP appointments, quick referrals and alternative treatment options, we’re just a phone call away.

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