Mind your mind

It is fair to say that the last few weeks have been a bit of a surreal time for all of us. Working from home, definitely has its perks, but can also cause distraction and people can find they lack motivation.

Last night, I took some time to reflect on the non-work related things I’ve been doing in order to keep me focused and try develop a routine.

The first thing I like to do before I sit down to my computer is to go for a 15-20 minute walk. We are so used to getting out of the house for our work commute, and even if that does entail sitting in the car, I truly believe it helps to set us up for the day ahead. On the weekends or in the evening I like to go for longer walks, I’ve listed my top 3 places I like to go to be one with nature!

  • Cratloe Woods
  • 12 O’Clock hills
  • Clare Glens

Top 3 places on my list to visit

  • Moylussa
  • Keeper Hill
  • Cuilcagh Mountain

I found after the first day or two of working from home I wasn’t sleeping as well as usual at night. I always liked to read but I definitely find that I have more energy in the evenings so I’m getting through books a lot faster than usual. I’ve listed some of my favourite books below (in no particular order) that I’ve read recently.

  • Normal People by Sally Rooney – literally could not put this one down!
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris – The sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  • Where the Crawdad Sings by Delia Owens
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Below are some books that I’ve had recommended to me and are currently en route to my house from https://www.omahonys.ie/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw09HzBRDrARIsAG60GP-K0b3yYMjXWT41-zQ3kpzR3H2s-4L5JsCGR_MiyWU2FW2JHhTfoiYaArgcEALw_wcB (keeping it Irish and refraining from going into shops!)

  • Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (very excited for this one)
  • What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
  • The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne

I love to travel! I also love to plan trips and do my research on the best spots to visit. I know travel isn’t on the cards any time soon. I’ve had to postpone a trip to Lisbon that I was really looking forward to. Instead of gloating on the fact I can’t go, I’m going to use my spare time to research things to do in Lisbon and I truly believe the trip, along with a lot of other things, will be much sweeter when we come out of this. Below I’ve listed my 3 favourite City breaks in Europe. Again, in no particular order.

  • Berlin
  • Budapest
  • Barcelona

Lastly, I have started to watch more documentaries in order to educate myself and try learn something new. I am also guilty of binge watching a whole series in one sitting and that’s okay too! I’ve listed my favourite documentaries that I have watched on Netflix

  • Our Planet
  • The Mind Explained
  • The Universe

I hope some of the things listed above help you during this awful time. Don’t forget to ring a friend, family member or neighbour to see how they’re doing and always remember your mental health is as important as your physical health so remember to mind your min

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