Tips for keeping active and busy at home

Are you currently engaging in social distancing and wondering how to fill all the extra time at home? Fear not – we have listed our favourite things to do to pass the time!

Meditation

Meditation is easy to do at home with help from apps like Headspace and Calm. It is believed that meditation can control stress and reduces anxiety.

Reading

Take time to yourself to get stuck into that book you’ve been meaning to read! Don’t forget, if you are a member of a public library in Ireland, you can get every book in digital form from the BorrowBox app.

Home Workouts

Working out at home can be just as effective as working out in a gym! There are hundreds of no-equiment workouts on YouTube that can guide you through. A favourite of ours is The Body Coach!

Try New Recipes

Trying to get inspired by what you have in your pantry? Check out SuperCook – insert the ingredients you have and SuperCook will come up with the recipe!

Stay Social

Use this down-time to video-chat with a friend you have been meaning to catch up with! Also, make sure to call elderly relatives and neighbours to check up on them during this time, and anyone else who is alone during this social distancing phase.

Boost your mood with Omega-3

Long recognised for heart health benefits, omega-3 fatty acids are emerging as an effective therapy for mood disorders ranging from major depression, post-natal depression and bipolar disorder. People with mental health issues such as depression may benefit from an additional 1,000 mg of EPA plus DHA included in Eskimo Brain 3.6.9. Studies show that EPA and DHA found in oily fish (sardines, anchovies, mackerel, salmon, tuna and herring) can be uplifting and enhance your mood. The higher your levels of omega 3, the higher your level of serotonin will be. The reason for this is that omega-3 fats help build the brain’s receptor sites for serotonin, the feel-good hormone. Surprisingly, a massive 89% of Irish people are not consuming sufficient oily fish in their diet, so often there is a need to take a good quality omega-3 fish oil such as Eskimo-3. You can shop the range here, or in your local health store or pharmacy.

Get Fresh Air

Get out for a walk or run, making sure you can maintain an appropriate distance from others. If you have a garden, try do your home workouts out there!

Yoga

Yoga is a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation. Try Yoga with Adriene on YouTube!

Home Improvements

We all have a list of home improvements or cleaning/organising we have put on the back burner… Get the toolbox out and do some DIY! We love Gaff Goddess and Mrs Hinch for home inspo.

Please ensure you are following recommendations and guidelines form HSE and WHO.

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