Written by Director of TRS SK, Georgie for the TRS Teachers and anyone else who is finding it hard at the moment.
In these crazy uncertain times, we can forget one of the most important things… ourselves! Whether you’re a nurse, a carer, an activities coordinator, a teacher, a stay at home parent (who has now had to try and home school) or, like us, a freelancer. You need to make sure you are looking after YOU!
Everyone is juggling with things they aren’t used to, and that’s ok. You can make mistakes, you may even embrace these extras, but I wanted to help you make sure that you take care of yourself. Because at the end of the day, you need looking after, just like everyone else.
I’ve got together some ideas for you to try, they are simple for a reason. They won’t take much time out of your day, but you do need to allocate yourself some ‘you time’. Even if it’s 15 minutes at the end of the day. I guarantee you will feel the benefits of it straight away. The reason I know… I am in the same boat as you too. I started off in a panic, I was working ridiculous hours, racking my brain with all these worst-case scenarios and what will I do? All whilst bringing up my 8-month-old, and I did not give myself ANY time, and I started to burn out a lot quicker than usual!
This is why I wanted to do this, if I can help some people then that will be mission accomplished. If I help loads, even better! So here are my top ‘you time’ ideas:
I have always loved reading. However, I’ve struggled to find the time, and believe it or not, motivation, to do so. No matter what it is you prefer, whether it’s a fantasy world to get stuck into or a self-help book to help you find your way more. There are so many out there, and a tip from me… Reading before bed really allows you to relax your mind and take away all those thoughts that may go running around your head usually.
Yes, there are lots of people having to try schooling from home. But I have seen a lot of teachers say ‘don’t worry too much!’ and they’re right. Get the family together, or even on your own and like above get lost in a movie. Especially one you haven’t seen before. Put your PJ’s on, grab some snacks and literally relax on the sofa all snuggled up.
That’s right. You don’t have to be the next Adele but singing really helps you to relax and loosen up. Put on your favourite record and sing your heart out!
Now, being a dancer, this one was bound to come up. As above, turn the music on whether that be some 80’s pop or a slow bit of Enya. Just put the music on, close your eyes and move how your body feels. Let it lead you!
Remember when you were young and you would go to your room, put your favourite music on and sing and dance your heart out?! Why do we stop doing that! It’s a great way just to release ourselves and let go… trust me, give it a try!
Draw / Colour
I’ll admit, I have never been great at art (my brother definitely got all of the talent there!) BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it. Especially colouring / painting by numbers. There’s something wonderful about seeing a black and white piece of paper come to life. I’ve especially loved painting with my little one. Just exploring the colours and honestly, making a mess! There are so many colouring sheets available and it is unbelievably relaxing. You can also do these on your phone, but try to get away from the screen for a little while.
Yep, I literally mean it. Take 5 minutes out of your day. Find a spot away from everyone (and the weather has been lovely recently so even go in the garden) and just close your eyes, sit and breathe. This can be done at any time, especially when you are feeling overwhelmed. It will reset you and you will feel ready for the rest of the day.
I’ll be honest, this one isn’t for me BUT there are so many relaxing qualities to just letting loose in the kitchen and cooking up your favourite meal. Or learn a new recipe. Perhaps you’re really good at cooking but haven’t tried baking? Bake yourself your favourite cake… perfect movie snack right there!
Now all of this is self care, but here particularly I am talking about your body. Give yourself a facial, hair mask or even a manicure and yes this is for men too! Just as relaxing for everyone. Even a couple of cucumbers on the eyes for 5 minutes while you relax will help you feeling fresh.
Learn something new
Whether that be a new language, a course you’ve been wanting to do for a while or maybe even knitting. This will really give you that ‘you time’ you need. Again allocate yourself time to do this. You never know, you may even find your new niche!
Coincidentally I am finishing with writing. Just pick up a pen (or on your phone/laptop) and write away. There doesn’t need to be a theme. You don’t need to write a story, although you can do! But especially at the moment writing has really helped to clear my mind. Get different subjects out of my head but relax me and I can easily get lost just writing and writing.
So, there you have it. A few ideas for you to make sure you start looking after yourself. And remember, no storm lasts forever.
If you would like to read more a little bit like this, our Stress Free Freelancer blogs were aimed at freelancers and their health and wellbeing.