Being a support worker is rewarding and offers great flexibility, however, when you are giving so much of yourself, it is important to remember to look after yourself too. Here are some fun facts and suggestions for you.
Go for a walk
According to a recent study, spending 120 minutes a week in nature can enhance your health and wellbeing. It helps you to relax, enabling your body to practice mindfulness, and it provides you with a change of scenery. It also means you get to exercise without having to worry about those steep gym fees.
Have a laugh
Studies have shown that laughter is a great stress reliever. So, if like some of us, you have the guilty pleasure of watching comical cat-videos, now you can do so guilt free, all in the name of de-stressing. If amusing videos aren’t your thing, why not catch up with a friend? Taking time out with friends helps to release endorphins which relax the body. Another good reason to go out for the evening – not that you needed an excuse.
Chew some gum
Believe it or not, a study in 2008 showed that participants’ stress and anxiety were relieved when they chewed gum. So perhaps munching on your favourite chewing gum on your way home from work will help to ease the stresses of the day.
Listen to your favourite tunes
The link between music and our emotions is well known. Listening to music is a great way to relax after a long work day/week. After all there is nothing more liberating then singing loudly as you drive along in your car, or in the kitchen as you prepare a mouth-watering meal. Let your inner Beyonce out!
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