As founder and wellbeing chief of Yoke Consultancy, Rachel Fellowes helps people take care of themselves.
Don't push yourself
If we’re stressed or tired, we’ll often have too much cortisol in our system. This is a 'fight or flight' hormone, designed to let us know when we're in danger. The temptation may be to have an intense workout as a release, but this will actually boost cortisol levels further. Regular yoga or swimming can be a better way to support our nervous system and rebalance stress during difficult periods.
Write it down
Journaling can be a powerful reassuring exercise that helps us focus on the positives in our life. Every night for a week, list one thing you're grateful for. At the end of the week, review your list and see how you feel having noted down these thoughts. Some people even set up WhatsApp gratitude groups with friends as a source of daily positivity.
Engage your brain
When did you last learn something new? Buy two copies of a non-fiction book that is outside of your comfort zone, give one to a friend and both commit to reading it before the end of the month. Then, meet up for a coffee and discuss – a mini book club of sorts.