Day 11 of F.O.O.D. – Using my FISHBAKE to manage your wellbeing

It’s day 11 of my Advent Calendar and today I’m going to share my FISHBAKE with you to help you manage your wellbeing, because this year it’s been well and truly tested and there are some key coping mechanisms that have risen to the surface for me.

It’s essential that we do something that’s fun daily.  And the earlier in the day we can do it the better as it releases all those feel good hormones

Stay in the moment!  Don’t plan too far ahead.  Surrender the long term planning and focus on what’s important today and tomorrow

Create a good sleep routine.  I’m not a good sleeper, but I now have a number of activities I do each evening to make me feel as relaxed as possible before going to bed.

Undertake a habit review.  Make an inventory of your habits from morning til night and then reflect on those that help and hinder.  How can you remove some of those that hinder?

I’ve noticed that having a belonging has been important.  Social connections whether face to face or online increase our self esteem

Our emotions can be all other the place, so acceptance that you’re tired or needing more support is half the battle.  There are some days that we just need to curl up with a good book or watch some trashy TV.   We’re not superwoman or superman … all the time!

That leads me on to kindness.  Being kind to yourself and others is a huge part of managing your wellbeing.  Don’t leave those random acts of kindness just for others though – dole some out to yourself too.

And finally, exercise!  Any physical exercise is good for us.  A stroll or a run in the park, getting some fresh air or whatever is your energy booster – just make time for it and do it.

W is for

I chose this quote to help us feel more upbeat! I know worrying is normal, but recent restrictions seem to be weighing on us more heavily than at any other times during this pandemic. Being aware that worry is driven by our belief system, I’d like to share some of the techniques I’m using to challenge my thinking and stop me running down the rabbit warrens that lead to procrastination, time wasting and self doubt.

  • Taking a habit inventory to remove those habits that hinder rather than help is really useful
  • Writing down all worries and categorising them into those I can control, those others can help me sort out and those that I can’t do anything about, gets them out of my head and stops them growing into monsters that sap my energy.   Working on those I can, lifts my spirit and helps me to feel more positive knowing my energy is being utilised in the right area.
  • Daily walks in the fresh air before I get on with any work have a positive and calming impact, as does anything I enjoy.
  • I practice square breathing as it calms your nervous system and decreases stress. All you do is breathe in for two, hold for two, breathe out for two and hold for two and repeat!

What techniques are you currently using to help you transition from the caterpillar into the butterfly?