After the last few years, it’s entirely reasonable that many of us are entering 2022 feeling less than enthusiastic. In fact, according to the Economist, scientists estimate cases of depression could have risen as much as 53 million globally because of the pandemic.
So, if you’re feeling stressed out, you’re not alone.
But if there’s one (somewhat) positive thing to come out of this whole experience, it’s that mental health is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it’s something we should all be prioritising as a way to not just deal with the Covid trauma we’ve all shared, but as an essential daily practice to help us deal with our emotions, big and small.
So, as we enter 2022, let’s make an effort to look after our wellbeing with these top tips courtesy of the team at Reverse Life:
1. Self-care is NOT selfish!
Have you ever heard the expression “you can’t pour from an empty cup”? What about “put on your own oxygen mask before helping others”? These, and many more, aren’t just popular sayings… They’re an essential commentary on how vital looking after your own wellbeing can be.
Sure, it might feel selfish to shut the kids out of the bathroom for some “me time” or to decline your friend’s birthday invitation. But if you’re burned out, stressed, or simply tired, you won’t be able to give them your best self. And don’t the people you love deserve your best self?
2. Organisation = peace
A major cause of stress, anxiety, and even depression is a feeling of not being in control. But while we can’t promise every day will go exactly as you planned, setting aside some time for organisation can help you feel more in control of your day, week, or even year.
Personally, here at Reverse Life, the team is encouraged to spend an hour or so every Monday morning planning out the week ahead before they even get stuck into their to do list! We always try and put a little bit of “wriggle room” into our diary too. You never know what unexpected events might pop up! And they frequently do!
If you struggle with prioritising self-care, this sort of planning can be particularly effective. Try writing on your calendar or in your diary when you’ll be taking time for yourself. It could be drinks with friends, date night, or even just a long, relaxing bath or shower. By writing it down, you’ll find it easier to stick to… And other family members/friends clamouring for your attention may well be more respectful of “me time” when it’s scheduled in!
And don’t forget to schedule in taking your daily collagen! Now that is one thing that you should keep on top of.
3. Become your own best friend
We’ve all heard this one by now… Talk to yourself like you would a friend! But while it seems sappy, it is worth taking a second to consider how you talk to yourself in your own head. Be kind always.
Remember, the voice in your head is the one you hear more than anyone else’s. And if it’s constantly putting you down or making you feel unworthy, then it’s no wonder your wellbeing is taking a hit.
So, the next time the voice in your head says something negative, ask yourself, would I be saying this to my best friend, or would I be more supportive and encouraging? Chances are, you’d pick the second one!
4. Try some mindful exercises
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, the daily stresses just get a bit too much. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it can be great to have a relaxation or mindful exercise to help distract and calm you.
A great option for this is mindful colouring. Yes, we know it was all the rage a few years ago, but it really can be incredible for soothing an overactive mind. Plus, you can get the kids involved for some added peace and quiet!
If you’ve tried mindful colouring and it’s not for you, there are a whole host of other mindful exercises you can try. From simple meditations to watching an old favourite movie, anything that helps you relax and refocus is a blessing when it comes to prioritising wellness.
5. Learn who to trust, then trust them
Sometimes it can be hard to know who to trust but having a support network is essential to our peace of mind. In fact, psychologists agree that loneliness and social isolation is a huge trigger for depression and anxiety.
Even if we can’t be with our loved ones in person, it’s important to maintain support networks with friends and family. And, if you’re not sure who’s a part of your support network, consider who you’ve spoken to the most during the pandemic.
Who sent you messages just to check in? Who did you manage to laugh with when everything was doom and gloom?
Chances are, these are your support buddies, and they’ll be there for you when you need them. If you are looking for a supportive network of like minded individuals, why not check out our Reverse Life VIP Facebook group too?
You can ask all the questions you ever wanted to there in a safe and friendly environment and you might just make some new friends too.
6. Take care of your body to take care of your mind
Over the last year or so, we’ve seen a rise in supplements, wellness, and fitness brands, all vying for your digital attention. But knowing which companies to trust can be tricky.
One of the biggest trends and success stories in wellness was liquid collagen.
Collagen supplement sales enjoyed a dramatic 94% increase from 2020 to 2021, and we expect to see “the best collagen supplement” UK searches continue to rise in 2022 as people embrace the positive effects it can have on the mind, body, and soul.
But don’t just take any supplement. You want to look for reputable brands like Reverse Life Marine Collagen to know you’re getting the cream of the crop.
7. Exercise for endorphins
In addition to taking advantage of Reverse Life Marine Collagen and other supplements, it’s also important to remember to move your body.
Don’t worry, this doesn’t have to mean hours in the gym. Just a simple walk around your neighbourhood will help get the endorphins flowing and prevent your body from shutting down (not literally, but we’ve all had those achy work-from-home muscles by now!).
For added benefits, try a meditative exercise routine like yoga, or get outside for some fresh air and sunlight to give your mood a boost.
Trust us, your body, mind, and soul will thank you.
8. Find things that make you happy
It can be easy in our “productivity is everything” world to think that things can’t just be… fun. But fun is essential to a happy and healthy lifestyle.
So, don’t worry about whether your hobby is profitable, and just worry about whether it makes you smile.
Sing out of tune!
Paint with no style!
Dance like no-one is watching!
Just do what makes you happy for a while.
9. Try to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle
No, we’re not trying to be preachy here. But many people cite “eco-guilt” as an extra thing to worry about, piling on top of a seemingly never-ending pile of things to worry about.
So, reduce the stress by trying to make your life more eco-friendly.
Whether that means making more of an effort to recycle, composting your food waste, or going vegan for a day… Any steps we can take towards reducing our environmental impact is almost definitely going to have a positive effect on our mood and wellbeing.
By the way, did you know that Reverse Life was now delivered by DPD who have a fleet of eco-friendly electric vehicles!
10. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Finally, if you’re really struggling, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Remember, it’s okay not to be okay. Most of us are struggling, and asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. We’ll get there in the end.
Here at Reverse Life we like to think of you all as part of our extended family so don’t be shy about getting in touch and as we mentioned earlier, you can also come and join us over on our exclusive Facebook group, the Reverse Lifer’s! We’d love to get to know you better.