Need some tools and tips to help you get through lockdown 3 and boost your mental health? We got you! Here are our top self care gadgets for 2021.
Dealing with a global pandemic has turned our world upside down and we’ve had to adapt to a new and uncertain way of living.
With 24 million of us working from home (compared with just 1.5m before Covid), and mental health issues on the rise, it’s more important than ever to practice self-care and look after our wellbeing.
One way we can do this is to make a self-care toolkit. This can be totally personalised, and include tools and tricks to help us feel calmer, less anxious and more able to handle whatever life throws at us.
Here are a few ideas from the BOPE PR Agency team about what you could include in your self-care toolkit to restore balance and calm.
Cut out the (#WFH) noise
Working from our kitchen tables has meant that struggling to concentrate, let alone dealing with an important Zoom meeting, can make stress levels go through the roof.
As a tech agency, we love these Loop Quiet earplugs, a stylish and cool new gadget that reduces noise by 30 decibels – just enough to cut out background sounds so you can impress the boss or a new client.
This home office gadget is also great for blocking out the sound of your kids/dogs/partner in the next room, and – when we’re allowed to travel again – will be a godsend on busy planes. Available in six colours, they are currently on sale (£10, eu.loopearplugs.com).
Move your body
With lockdown 3 currently underway many of us are turning to exercise to keep physically and mentally strong. It’s something that BOPE co-founder
Lynn relies on. She says: “I never really believed that exercise could help you mental health, until I started doing it regularly and now I’m a convert! I feel much better when I work out, I eat more healthily and that helps me be more alert at work.”
BOPE’s PR Maddy agrees: “If I’m feeling anxious or low on energy, a workout first thing really helps lift my mood and change my mindset. My favourite workout apps include RWL, the new Body Coach app and Freeletics. While I can’t wait for lockdown to be over, the fitness apps are brilliant because you don’t even need to leave the house to do a workout, and it’s much easier for people with kids at home, too.”
Create a routine
BOPE’s Lynn is a firm believer in keeping a diary and writing down a to-do list for the week ahead. She says: “It’s that satisfying feeling of striking off achievements manually in my diary that gives me a boost.
“Even though we’re a technology PR agency, I personally can’t stand pop-ups hitting my screen constantly telling me I need to do something. It stresses me out more than anything and I hate clutter, so a tidy desk and desktop helps me focus.”
For parents that are home schooling this lockdown, the PebbleGear tablet will be a godsend and one of your key tools to you sane. The Disney tablet (available in the coveted Frozen 2 or Toy Story 4 themes) is perfect for younger kids as there’s NO INTERNET ACCESS or in-app purchases available. Hallelujah, we hear you cry!
As a gaming PR agency, we know how addictive video games can be, so having parental controls on screen time is crucial. As well as being able to limit how long your child spends playing games on the tablet, it’s also pre-loaded with loads of educational content to feed those little brains and (hopefully) keep them quiet for a while.
Find joy in the little things
When you’re feeling low, it can feel like the whole world is against you. Rather than focusing on the big picture or things you have no control over, turn your attention to the little things that can make you happier right now…. like having a phone call with a friend who makes you laugh, taking a long bath or a walk in the sun.
Paying attention to the present moment in a mindful way helps us to become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that, instead of being overwhelmed by them, we’re better able to manage them. Simply by recognising the positives in your life you are training your brain to be naturally honed towards noticing more of the good, which in turns boosts mental health and wellbeing.