When “I” is replaced by “We” even illness becomes wellness!
During this time when everyone needs to self isolate, it is very important to look after yourself and keep your physical and mental health balanced. I mean, even when not self isolating this is still very important for you and your happiness. We have a few tips just try and help you keep yourself sane and looked after while working from home or even just being stuck at home
Daily Routine: Keeping your daily routine can be important and helpful so you don't slip into bad habits of just staying in your PJ’s all day feeling sluggish and unmotivated. If you keep your mornings the same - keep your alarms set, get up, showered, dressed, hair/make up or whatever your normal morning routine is can be very important. It can give you that little pick me up and motivation to start your day right, and very helpful if you need the motivation to work from home.
Weekly Timetable: Having a weekly timetable/to do list can be very helpful to keep your day productive. There are many blank templates online you can get or if you need one we have a great template which we can send you to anyone wanting one. All the staff at Thief Hall use it and it's fantastic. It's a great way to keep your day on track and not let the hours disappear before your eyes.
Goals: Alongside having a weekly timetable it is also helpful to create yourself goals. Now is the best time to do this while everyone is stuck at home and you have the time to do things. Start off with goals that are small, for example, get up at 7am every morning for a week, or drink at least 2 pints of water everyday etc. Start small and build them up, maybe set goals of learning a new skill or to improve your fitness by a certain date. Setting goals and keeping organised is very helpful for you mental health and this is very important while being at home so much. Make sure you keep in touch with friends/family/work colleagues and share your goals with them, aving someone to do things with or keep you motivated can be very motivating, even if it is through video chat! Here at Thief Hall we have our own needs (work related or personal) that we go through with each other at least once a month to see if we can help or support each other to reach our goals!
Journal: Journalling is a great way to take time out for yourself. Prioritise an hour a day to yourself to sit an journal/sum up your day/write down your feelings. It's also a great way to track your growth, so if you have created yourself goals, having a journal works perfectly to keep on track of these. If you need help with stress or anxiety, writing these down is a way to express these feelings without having to act on them. The same goes for if you are struggling with spending so much time with the people you live with, write down your anger or worries instead of creating an argument.
Get fit : Keeping up with your fitness is important if we can only go out once a day for fitness/exercise. Keeping healthy can be anything depending on your own personal level of fitness. Don't over do yourself if you cannot cope with it. Do what you can, from yoga every other day or kickboxing classes each night or a run every other day and a stroll the other days. Exercise works wonders for your mind not just your body, it can be a wonderful stress/anxiety reliever. Alongside your fitness make sure you keep up with eating well and drinking plenty of water each day. This doesn't mean you should starve yourself or go on a strict diet (these don't work for everyone) Depending on how you currently eat, just do something as simple as taking out one unhealthy thing that you normally have and replacing it with something healthy. Look at clean eating recipes, you can make a full healthy meal which can taste amazing! Just because it tastes good doesn't mean it's not good for you.
Stay Connected: Staying connected with your friends/family/work colleagues is very important for your mental health. Video chats can be a lot more personal than phone calls too! There are many different platforms you can use to video chat - Facetime, Whatsapp, Zoom, Skype. You can use these daily for a daily catch up, or set up scheduled calls with friends for a friday night quiz night that you can all join in together. Message people daily, keep spirits light, send over quizzes to get people to interact, for example, emoji name quiz, funny memes, games. During this time so many people have come together to keep the spirits high, including virtual online live quizzes which are great for people to play together from their own homes..
You Time: “An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.”
Looking after yourself is important. Regular and meaningful self-care is vital for us to be healthy, happy, functioning human beings. It can be so easy to neglect your own needs, especially when you naturally care for others first, but the more you do this and the less you look after yourself, the more likely you are to burn out. Taking care of yourself can be as simple as taking an hour to just focus on yourself. This can be anything from taking a nice relaxing bath with candles, music/book and a glass of wine, or give yourself a facial/face mask and do your nails. You could even get creative and set up your living room to make a home cinema with the kids or for a date night, or choose a good book and find a quiet place to sit and read for a while, this can be so much better for your mind than sitting scrolling through your phone.
Bake: Baking can be a great way to take your mind off of things. Some people bake as a great coping mechanism. You don't have to be great at it, you can bake anything from cookies to cake to brownies or anything you want. Look up new recipes to try or try and make something with the ingredients you have in your kitchen.
Sleep: Sleep is very important for your health. It improves your immunity, mood and cognitive performance. Create a routine for your sleep, bedtime isn't just for children! The body loves routine, try to stick to going to bed around the same time every night and the same with waking up in the morning. Make sure you have the correct lighting in your room, keep your curtains shut, you sleep so much better throughout the night without any light to disturb you, and it makes a difference with how you feel the next day. Also try to avoid any screen time at least an hour before you plan to sleep, maybe read a good book or take a nice hot bath before you go to bed. The better your sleep the better you are during the day!
Train your brain: While staying at home for a long period of time it's important to keep your mind active. There's a whole load of different ways we can keep our minds active. For example, try to learn a new hobby, skill or educate yourself in something new. Continuously challenging your mind is a great way to keep your brain working and learning. Do things like crossword puzzles, sudoku, brain teasers. (You can get these on our phone, but physical crossword/sudoku books are even better).
"We had our wedding at Thief Hall and it was perfect right down to the last detail. The entire team at Thief Hall are amazing! Thank you so much for an unforgettable weekend!”
- Wayne & Louise Morton
“We have had the most wonderful time here, celebrating our wedding! Everyone has been fantastic and the cottages are utterly stunning; everyone of our family and friends loved it. Thank you so much for making our wedding so special!”
- Danielle & Steven Bell
“I don't know where to start!! The most perfect venue for our wedding! A total blank canvas to work with and so much scope to make your wedding personal!”
- Lizzie James
“What can we say! Jess and Phil are outstanding! The attention to detail, support and service from the day we booked 18 months ago right up until now has been faultless.”
- Dan & David Whitelock
“OMG! Me and Ollie have had the best wedding ever, you have made it just perfect. Jess and the team, we could not have asked for more. Thank you se very much from the bottom of our hearts. All of our love and thanks xx”
- Ollie & Chelsie Anderson
“To Jessica, Katy and all the amazing team, Thank you so much for all of your help to make our wedding day so special! You helped everything flow so smoothly and couldn’t have been more helpful and attentive. All our guests loved a Cottages and it made such a difference celebrating with everyone together all weekend. Thief Hall is a really stunning venue and you and the team do an amazing job making the wedding is truly spectacular for everyone. Thank you for all your hard work”
- Caroline and Paul
“To Hannah and Jess, Thank you very much for everything. Our wedding couldn’t have gone any smoother, there wasn’t a single hair out of place you were amazing. Everyone of our guests complimented on the venue and the way everything was arranged and organised. This weekend has just been magical. We are both still on cloud nine. It has been a photo of a wedding from start to finish. A big massive thank you to Jessica, you are a dream. You have made this weekend the happiest of our entire life. You are a superstar, Hannah, you looked after Stevie and I from start to finish, we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding planner. You kept me calm throughout the day and always check that we had everything in hand. Once again thank you for the special weekend/wedding day XXX”
- Debbie and Stevie
“Jessica and all in the amazing team at Thief Hall, what can we say? Thank you so much for an amazing weekend. Our wedding was everything we dreamed of and more. You guys were amazing from start to finish & we can't thank you enough. For such a popular venue with weddings more weekends and mid-weeks you do everything to make the bride and groom feel so special. There were so many extra thoughtful touches that made the weekend so special. Jess, You are some kind of wizard in keeping the day running so smoothly and thinking of things that we completely over looked. Our guests had the best day yesterday and those staying in the cottages and glamping tents all said how wonderful everything was. The welcome hampers are a lovely touch. We can't wait to come back and perhaps have a slightly more relaxed stay! Thank you SO SO much!!!!”
- Gavin and Helen
“Thank you so much for all the hard-work over the last 9 months and for always being there for us with any query or question we had! This weekend has been a dream come true (a wacky very colourful dream but a dream of ours!) and your "blank canvas" made the perfect backdrop for it all to take place! From dropping of car loads on the Thursday to supporting us on the Friday, from stealthily making out day run like clockwork to allowing us to stay an extra night on the Sunday to enjoy the beautiful sunset! you guys have all been amazing! We thank you all a million times over!”
- Sam and Will
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