Over the past year, many of us have had little choice but to spend a lot more time at home. Whether it’s a result of changing workplace practices that mean you’re now working from home instead of the office, or a direct result of COVID-19 lockdowns, the majority of us are adjusting to a much more home-based existence in our day-to-day lives.
While the lack of usual commitments such as commuting, working in the office, and arranging our schedules around our work hours may have seemed attractive at first, a lot of people discovered that not having a routine can actually leave us feeling anxious, depressed and lost.
As psychologist Dr Elena Touroni explains, "a daily routine helps us put healthy habits in place so we get the most out of our day. And when we feel like we've achieved something - no matter how small - we're going to generally feel much happier in ourselves."
Whether you’re working from home or are going through a lockdown, establishing a routine that prioritises your physical health and mental wellbeing can make a huge difference.
6 Tips To Maintain A Healthy Dental Routine At Home:
1. Make a plan
While you may not be under the watchful eye of your boss or colleagues, creating your own sense of structure for your work day can make it much easier to achieve what you need to and feel accomplished at the end of the day.
This can be as simple as writing a task list in the morning or creating blocks of time in your calendar for the items you want to get done during the day. When you’re armed with a clear plan for the day ahead, you’ll be more likely to get through your to-do list and avoid feeling lost or overwhelmed.
2. Get enough sleep
You may think staying at home will make it easier to get plenty of shut-eye, but in reality many of us end up burning the midnight oil knowing we don’t need to wake up early for our morning commute.
As getting enough sleep is an essential component of both physical and mental health, it’s important to maintain a healthy sleep schedule no matter what your current circumstances. Aiming for around 7-8 hours of good quality sleep per night will help you feel healthy and rested.
3. Keep up with your oral hygiene
When you have a regular routine in place, it’s easier to maintain daily habits such as brushing and flossing your teeth - but when that structured routine falls away, such as during lockdown or when working from home, so too can our commitment to these practices.
Staying on track with your oral hygiene is an essential part of a healthy routine, so be sure to make time for the basics - brushing twice a day and flossing once a day - as well as keeping up with your regular check-up and clean (if your local dental practice is open for non-emergency dental).
4. Maintain a healthy diet
The food and drink we put into our bodies have a significant impact on our physical health as well as our mental wellbeing. Eating too much sugary or fatty foods can make us feel sluggish and irritable, in addition to causing problems for both our bodily health and our oral health.
Aim to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as having healthy snacks available in the house so you have something nutritious to reach for when cravings hit. Why not cook up batches of your favourite healthy meals - such as stews, soups and casseroles - and freeze them for convenience?
5. Get active
If you’re stuck at home due to a lockdown or are working from home on a regular basis, it’s all too easy to let your exercise routine go out the window. However, engaging in physical activity releases endorphins - the hormones which make us feel happier - as well as improving our physical health, so making the time to get moving can help you feel a lot better.
Aim to incorporate some form of physical exercise into your day, whether it’s a virtual yoga class, a home workout or a run in your local park. Trust us, both your mind and body will thank you for it!
6. Make time for self-care
Scheduling time for self-care is a vital part of making sure you’re taking adequate care of yourself mentally and emotionally, as well as physically. While the stress of lockdown or the disruption of working from home can make it easy to let this aspect of your routine slip, it’s all the more important to carve a little time in your day for self-care activities.
This could be as simple as engaging in a hobby you love, such as painting, playing a musical instrument, or learning a new skill, going for a walk in nature, or engaging in a fun physical activity such as dancing or yoga. Whatever you need to do to put a smile on your face!
If you’re due for a visit to your local National Dental Care or DB Dental practice, get in touch today - you can book an appointment online.