I have been holding on for the long Easter weekend. Usually, I don’t remember when it is, but this year I have been planning to go home and rest. It’s been so lovely. An afternoon by Bournemouth beach, a roast dinner and wine, topped off by Easter eggs. I needed time out from London, a rest from work, and some time with my family. It’s easy to be busy, but sometimes we busy ourselves so much that we don’t spend quality time with the people we should do, and doing the things that nourish us.
Top Tipsfor Easter Weekend
It’s not always possible to get away, but it’s important to get out of your environment, even for just one day. Getting away helps to give you perspective. It’s Stress Management Awareness Month, and this year the theme is community. It’s been difficult for many of us to face social isolation, loneliness and not be around friends and family over the past couple of years.Shielding really was a struggle!
1. Spend quality time with loved ones
The pandemic was a strange period of our lives, where our worlds became very small. Mine especially as I spent months in my bedroom. We didn’t see our families for a long time yet set up WhatsApp groups with our next-door neighbours. Feeling lonely has a negative impact on mental health. Research suggests that it is associated with an increased risk of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, sleep problems and increased stress. Spending time with people is so key to minimising our stress levels, and for positive mental health.
2. Be intentional with your time
Whether you want to use this time as having fun with your family. Or doing chores around the house. Be intentional with your time, I have taken time out, and left London to spend quality time with my family. As well as rest, write, and sit by the sea in the sunshine. It’s great to re-evaluate your life, without the daily stresses of life in general.
3. Make plans!
Many of us haven’t been able to make plans for the last couple of years. I am conscious that COVID hasn’t gone away, and still try to be as careful as possible. I and also keen to make plans for the future. Whether saving for the summer or just meeting up with friends again. I can’t wait to make plans again!