Take time out to relax during lockdown
As lockdown enters week 9 (we think?) are you finding this enforced time together relaxing or tiring? According to recent You Gov figures, 87% of us think we are coping pretty well, although 25% felt it was putting a strain on their relationship. So, if you’re looking for new ways to find a little me-time away from it all, look no further.
Even though we’re confined to a much smaller space than we’re normally used to, it is possible to create a special place in the house or garden to just chill. Treat yourself to a comfy chair from The Range, decorated with new throws and cushions plus the perfect footstool and then relax with your favourite lockdown relaxation playlist. It’s all about recognising the need to walk away from work/family/the phone and taking a little time out before moving onto the next task.
Find a new relaxation routine
Many of us have found time to add one hour of permitted exercise into our lives. Whether it’s a gentle walk around the block, a vigorous jog or a speedy bike ride, it’s all good news for our mental health. Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, and stimulates endorphins in the brain that act as natural painkillers and mood enhancers. So now the one hour restriction has been lifted, you have all day to watch some inspiration from Pure Gym and Nuffield Health before you get going.
Online sales of toiletries have increased, showing that with non-essential stores closed, many of us have rushed to order that special moisturiser, bubble bath or face pack. Good to see that taking care of our skin and looking good is still high on the agenda. Check out the luxury body and bath range from Boots and the latest health and beauty range from Poundland.
Learn to paint
From getting DIY tasks done around the house to enjoying the challenge of painting by numbers, we seem to have been getting creative. With special offers on art supplies from Hobbycraft and arts and creative play sets from The Entertainer, no wonder the local schoolchildren from Mawney Foundation School hit the pavements recently with chalked messages to thank their teachers, caretakers and lunchtime staff. Plenty of evidence that the nation’s artistic skills are on the rise. The perfect way to relax the brain after a busy day.
We hope to see you at The Brewery again soon, but in the meantime, please stay safe, keep healthy and stay in touch!