5 Wellbeing tips for staying at home

There has never been a more important time to take care of your personal wellbeing and mental health. We share our top 5 tips on what to do to look after yourself during these difficult times. 

 

Eat well 

It’s often said that food is our best medicine. We started Balance Box to make healthy eating easy. Following a balanced diet not only supports immunity, but it also helps us to better manage stress, improves sleep and offers a distraction. We know that it’s hard to get everything you want at the moment. That’s why we are here to provide you with fresh, healthy, nutritionally balanced food boxes with all you need to eat healthily throughout the day. 

Want to have a go at cooking yourself? Check out our healthy delicious recipes. If you haven’t got all the ingredients, we’re here to help and suggest substitutions. Talk to us. 

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Stay active 

We’re currently encouraged to do one outdoor activity a day. Get some fresh air in the garden, go for a walk or run as long as you don’t have to self-isolate. But make sure you maintain a distance of at least 2 meters from others 

If you can’t leave the house or you’re missing your regular classes, look for alternatives to complete your workout from home. Most studios and gym are offering live classes or have released online workouts.

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Reduce stress 

Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage about the outbreak. You could set a specific time to check updates. Avoid speculation and seek out reputable sources. This will help settle your mind. We recommend BBC News, GOV.UK and Public Health England. 

Continue doing the things you enjoy. Take part in activities that aid relaxation such as a walk in nature, yoga, meditation, listening or playing music – whatever works for you! 

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Stay connected

At times of stress and anxiety, we are better able to handle situations with support from others. Reaching out to our friends and family helps us to feel connected to one another. Pick up the phone or arrange a video call. You could even FaceTime and eat a meal together (virtually!). And if you’re working from home arrange regular check-ins with your team – it will help you prioritise your workload and stay productive. 

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Create a new routine

Your usual routine is likely to have been disrupted. Try to create a new routine and set yourself goals. You might like to write a plan for your day or week, choosing regular times to work out from home, read, call a friend or watch a film. If you’re working from home, try to get up and ready as normal, sticking to your usual working hours and sleep patterns. 

The Balance Box team are here to help. We hope some of these ideas are useful but if there is anything else we can do, please let us know. We’re sharing tools to manage the new ‘normal’ and expert nutrition tips to help you stay healthy over on our Instagram and Facebook pages. Come and say hi!

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Balance Box: Update on COVID-19

Balance Box with a weeks worth of meals and snack in front.

At this point in time, COVID-19 has not impacted on the service we provide to you. We continue to deliver healthy balanced meals nationwide. However, we want to let you know the steps we have in place to ensure that we can continue to deliver Balance Box.

 

The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority

The NHS states that it is very unlikely that coronavirus can be spread through food and packaging. We continue to follow the strictest food safety guidelines and maintain our 5* rating and all of our staff are up to date with the latest guidance on hygiene, travel and health and safety. You can rest assured that your meals are being prepared in a safe and hygienic environment.

 

However, we want to share with you some of the additional processes we have put in place to continue delivering Balance Box to you whilst prioritising the safety of our customers and staff.

 

  • We have increased our health and safety checks and introduced additional sanitation procedures across all areas of the business.
  • We are conducting nightly deep cleans of all kitchen and packaging areas
  • We are continuing to monitor and adapt our procedures to comply with the latest health and safety advice.
  • No signature is required. We already follow a non-contact delivery initiative, giving you peace of mind while protecting our delivery drivers.

 

Be assured that the safety of our customers and staff is our top priority. We will let you know of any further updates.

 

Please do contact us if we can help you or someone you know. If you have any questions or concerns our nurture team is still available 8 am – 4.30 pm Monday to Friday via email or phone to support you.

 

It’s more important than ever that we support each other during these uncertain times. We’re humbled by the acts of kindness that we are seeing so we’re inviting you to nominate your hero to receive a complimentary Balance Box.

 

Stay safe,
 
Jenny and the Balance Box team

Nominate your hero

We’re on a mission to deliver our healthy nutritious meals to as many people as we can. We would like to offer our support to those heroes whose acts of kindness are making a real difference to their communities amid the coronavirus outbreak.

It’s more important than ever that we support each other during these uncertain times. That’s why we’re launching our Continued Kindness campaign.

Now is your chance to give recognition to someone whose acts of kindness have had a positive impact on others by nominating them to receive a complimentary Balance Box.


It could be the ICU nurse working round the clock to save lives, the community worker who brings much-needed supplies to people in need; the carer or hospice volunteer who selflessly helps the elderly or vulnerable; the teacher supporting the children of key workers.

We’ll go through all the entries on Friday and choose heroes to gift a Balance Box to to help them stay healthy to carry out their important work.

Nominate your hero on our Facebook or Instagram or by sending an email to hello@balancebox.com. Tell us their name and why you think they deserve some healthy meals to keep them going.

Don’t let your hero go unnoticed – nominate them now!

 

Thank you

Jenny and the Balance Box Team

hello@balancebox.com    020 7720 8583

Kindness

The most contagious thing is kindness

Dr David R Hamilton, advocate for kindness and author of  ‘The Little Book of Kindness’, tells us how being kind to other people can literally improve your health!

We’re all thinking of contagion right now due to the coronavirus. Let’s not forget that kindness is also highly contagious.

Scientists at Harvard and Yale measured the contagiousness of kindness out to three social steps. That is, when you be kind to someone, that person will be kind or kinder to someone else (1 social step from you), because of how you made the person feel, and the recipient of that kindness will be kind or kinder to someone else (2 social steps from you), and the recipient of that kindness will be kind or kinder to someone else (3 social steps from you).

In practice, kindness is ‘circularly contagious’, like the way a wave travels outwards in a circle when you drop a pebble in water.

 
What actually happens is that the person you are kind to ends up being kind or kinder to about 5 people (the number varies but this is an average) over the course of the next 24 hours (1 social step), and each of those 5 people are kind or kinder to 5 people over the next 24 hours (2 social steps), and each of those 5 are kind or kinder to 5 people (3 social steps).

That’s 5 x 5 x 5 = 125 people benefiting from a single act of kindness. Each time you are kind, you really are impacting far more people than just the person you help! I’m saying this because many of us wonder if our actions are insignificant. They’re are! Kindness matters greatly and you make a difference even with the smallest of acts.

In these strangest of times, we’re being encouraged to keep our physical distance, but let’s reduce our emotional distance. Pick up the phone, send a text, use Facetime, WhatsApp or Skype. Be there for family, friends, co-workers, neighbours, others in your community, if you can.

One thing I’ve learned over the years of trying to be a little kinder is that what might seem like a small act for you might mean the world to the person you help.

Other things are contagious too. Emotions are contagious. You can actually infect someone with a good mood (or even happiness) down a phone line. One of my friends phoned me a few days ago just to tell me a joke. I was chuckling to myself for hours afterwards. But even just being upbeat on the phone can activate the mirror neuron system (MNS) of the person’s brain. If you’re using the phone then it’s the auditory component of the MNS or if you’re using video, then it’s both the auditory and visual components. Either way, your upbeat tone specifically activates their brain regions for positive emotion and improves their mood. In a very real and scientific way, your mood is contagious! It’s known as mood contagion or emotional contagion.

Healthy lifestyle is also contagious and it works through what’s called social contagion, where we are inspired to take up certain behaviours of others. In these times, one of the best ways to support your immune system is to eat a healthy diet containing fruit, vegetables, fibre, nuts and seeds. Try to incorporate over 30 different plant ingredients a week (try counting them) to optimally support your gut microbiome, which supports your immune system. This is according to Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at Kings College in London, and author of, ‘The Diet Myth’. If you have a handful of nuts, for example, containing peanuts, cashews, Brazil nuts and hazelnuts, then that counts as 4. If you dip bread in olive oil then that’s two (the bread grain plus the olive oil, coming from olives).

So if you eat well, you can not only help support your immune system but also that of some of your family and friends who might follow suit due to social contagion, especially if you communicate how healthy it is, and even do so in an upbeat way. Ultimately, if you do this partly to help them, then you’re also practicing kindness.

So while we increase our physical distance to help reduce the likelihood of contagion of coronavirus, let us increase the contagion of kindness instead.

 

What do Balance Box and Mc Donalds have in common?

Yes, we are referring to the multinational, corporate fast food chain. You might be surprised to know that McDonald’s do some fantastic work for charity.
For over 30 years, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) has provided a ‘a home away from home’ to parents whose children are undergoing treatment for medical conditions far from where they live. As an independent, non-profit organisation, they rely on the kindness and generosity of others to support them, which is why the Balance Box wanted to get involved.
We believe that when a child is hospitalised, the love and support of their family, in addition to nourishing foods, is critical to improving their health. That’s why we deliver fresh fruit to RMHC’s houses in London each week. So, every time you order one of our boxes, you’re contributing to the much-needed support of a family in need.