Self-care is part of self-discipline, which is an important aspect of how we manage our work-life balance.
In this resource, we share tips, strategies and resources to help you prioritise self-care and stay well during the COVID-19 crisis and into the future.
Set yourself a new course in your area, within 5km of your home for metropolitan Melbourne.
Try to spend at least 10 to 15 minutes in the sunshine or fresh air per day. This will help your body to release Melatonin and Vitamin D which aid in sleep.
Give yourself a break from screens when you’re not working.
Set yourself a goal to learn something new. This might include learning to cook a new dish or cuisine, starting to learn a language, or picking up a new musical instrument. If there’s an online course or some professional development that you’ve been wanting to do, now might be the time to do it.
Whether you’re getting outside in your garden or courtyard to do some maintenance or planting, cultivating an indoor oasis, or simply caring for a balcony herb garden, spending time in nature can help your wellbeing.
Joining an online personal training group, boot camp or fitness app is a great way to get motivated.
Use the time available to set up a regular meditation practice, using an app or online program (see ‘Useful resources’).
Reconnect to the spiritual practices and/or rituals which hold meaning for you.
Start a virtual book club with friends, or challenge yourself to read a certain number of fiction and non-fiction books during lockdown. If you usually use an e-reader, try reading from a physical book to give your eyes a break, particularly if your job requires a lot of screen time.
Find new ways to connect with family and friends, by phone, email, or video calls, or even by writing them a letter!
There are many fun and creative activities you can do during lockdown, including:
The following offerings can be enjoyed and practised by anyone.
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