Sunday Surgery- Health and Wellbeing during Lockdown

June 28, 2020 in Happiness, Health - 8 Comments

We asked you to get in touch to discuss any dilemmas you are facing and this is what we found!

With gyms and beauty salons still closed, some of you are experiencing the lockdown bloat and self care Sunday is more like self care someday.

So what is available in the market to help you look and feel good in lockdown and beyond?

Health

During lockdown, I set out to change my eating and exercise habits (or should I say, gain some!). Weight Watchers is where I turned due to previous success and I hoped that it would do the same for me this time.

Weight Watchers have an offer where you can get 2 free months on longer plans, rather than rolling month subscriptions.

The plan looks at your lifestyle and then calculates the best plan to support your goals.

Allocated the green plan, I downloaded the app and made small changes to fit within my points budget. 12 weeks in, I have lost nearly 2 stone in weight.

Although there are other plans on the market, Weight Watchers is something that I will be sticking with post- lockdown.

What is key here, is that you find the right thing for you and this isn’t necessarily a weight loss club.

Ultimately, if you are in calorie deficit and are moving more, you will improve both your mental health and wellbeing too.

You can find more information over on the UK Weight Watchers page here: https://www.weightwatchers.com/uk/weight-loss-plans-digital

Exercise

If like me you’re not a ‘gym bunny’, you won’t be missing them being open. With the early stages of lockdown preventing us leaving the house I decided to try Davina’s Own Your Goals.

Starting a 4 week free trial was easy and the site is extremely easy to use on my ipad.

The exercises become more challenging throughout the 10 week programme, but at a maximum of 30 minutes per session 3 times per week, it is a great way to get started.

The site has a host of material for different abilities and activities. I found I needed a small set of dumbbells (although some water bottles or tins work just as well) and an exercise mat, which I found I needed as the hard floors in the house do not do anything for your back.

Davina is something I will continue to use to improve my fitness, as well as walking the dogs. A subscription costs £9.99 per month which doesn’t make a huge dent in my budget every month either.

You can find out more, here: https://ownyourgoalsdavina.com/#shopify-section-1567765291829

Beauty

There are 3 main things I budget for in terms of ‘beauty’ every month. They are teeth whitening, hairdressing and gel nails.

Now rules have been relaxed around hair salons reopening, I am keen to get my nails looking pretty again.

Having brought my daughter a sensationail kit for Christmas, I decided to order my own starter pack from Argos. Although the initial outlay made me choke on my tea on review, I used to spend between £40 and £50 a month on my nails so moving forward this will be a switch for me long term.

Boots sell a variety of colours and you can add points to your advantage card for any purchases.

You can see more on Sensationail here: https://www.sensationail.com/uk/

Wellbeing

At the end of the week, I like nothing more than taking a hot bubble bath, with a copy of psychologies magazine.

The magazine focuses on wellbeing, rather than content you might find in ‘typical’ women’s magazines. You know the ones! They generally trigger anxiety with its focus on expensive products and a pressure to look good.

The other thing that helps to make me feel pampered is ensuring that we still have Self-care Sunday. A face mask, foot soak or using mindfulness apps is a perfect way to wind down and prepare for the new week.

If you have a dilemma you would like me to review, drop me an email or leave me a comment below.

Laura x

Liverichmediauk@gmail.com

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8 Comments

  • Michael Reynolds July 15, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    My go to mental health booster is a challenging 5km run.

    It really helps clear my mind and gives me a real energy boost when I’m feeling low.

    Thanks for this great blog post! X

  • Melanie Varey July 15, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    The lockdown was a great opportunity to readdress our wellbeing habits wasn’t it. I started (and have maintained) doing extra yoga at home and am feeling the benefits.

  • Nina Spencer July 15, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    I have become so lazy during lockdown. I really need to kick my own butt!
    Im 40 soon like a week away and i really wanted to head into 40 fit and healthy.
    I think i need to give Davina a go! her instagram feed is inspirational

  • Sarah L Stockley July 15, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I like to paint, I find it very therapeutic. I also like to put on some nice clothes, it always makes me fell a bit better and lighting a nice candle in the evenings.

  • Hong July 15, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    My health and well being has sort of gone out the window the last few months. This is a nice reminder of what I can be doing- thank you.

  • Claire St July 16, 2020 at 10:06 am

    It’s so important to look after yourself. Especially with the pressures of lockdown.

  • Laura Clubb July 16, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Such a great post, I’m really trying to start looking after myself after lockdown, need to start exercising though! X

  • Emma Reed July 30, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    Great post, lockdown has made so much so hard. I have taken up yoga to help my fitness and mental health

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