Looking After Your Body

During times of crisis it is probably more important to look after our bodies and yet this is often the time when we have the lowest levels of motivation and willpower. Common reactions to depression or worry are to change normal patterns – you may eat and sleep more or less when you are depressed or worried.

Many of us succumb to more alcohol, cigarettes or drugs in difficult times. Many people complain of feeling less well than usual. There is clear evidence that being physically fit and being happy with your weight contributes to generally higher energy levels and feelings of mental well-being. If you have lost your job then keeping yourself in good physical condition can really help.

So what can you do start getting healthy?

  • Use the time you used to spend travelling to and from work as your exercise time. Look around your house and garden for fitness opportunities. Staircases make good step machines.
  • Get a map of your area. Try walking to places as much possible. Average walking takes about 20 minutes a mile, so work out how long you need to get there. Try a different walk every day and try walking faster everyday.
  • Check to see if there are any cheap off-peak times for swimming or gym sessions at local leisure centres or look in the local paper for cheap fitness equipment for sale. If you are really watching the pennies use a bike instead of the car or offer a local dog walking service.
  • Keep a close eye on your diet. Simple things such as cooking for yourself and making soups and stews can keep you healthy and save money.
  • Avoid convenience foods and keep snacks out of the house. It's much easier to avoid the temptation to slob in front of the television with a packet of biscuits if they aren't there.
  • Have a watershed point for alcohol e.g. only between 9pm and 10pm or only on weekends or alternate days.

Suddenly you may have the time to get fit. You are in a position where you have the time to dedicate to changing your lifestyle. The positive effects will show when you are clear eyed, looking trim and alert at interviews.

There are a number of complementary health therapies on offer that treat the physical symptoms of stress, address addictive behaviour or offer general remedies that increase feelings of well being. These include aromatherapy, reflexology, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, massage, reiki, shiatsu and yoga.

This is a wide field and there are varying entry levels into the profession. Currently this area is not well regulated although there are plans in place to do so. Personal recommendation tends to be the main method of sourcing providers. It is sensible to ask to see qualifications or testimonials. Some providers offer a short complementary session.