End of UK furlough: Top Tips for Getting Back to a Healthy Routine


The UK’s furlough scheme has drawn to a close after supporting 11.6 million jobs. As post-lockdown restlessness continues, how can people get back on track with a regular routine that promotes health and mental wellbeing? Below, the Massage Company has provided a few handy tips for staying healthy, organised and in peak physical and mental condition.

Get more sleep

Preparing the body for sleep is crucial. Avoid screens an hour before bedtime and long naps in the day, reduce caffeine consumption, and set sleep timers so you always wake up at the same time.

You could also consider massage therapy, which reduces stress hormones and helps release neurotransmitters that stabilise your mood. Or bear this next tip in mind…

Exercise regularly

Exercise controls weight gain, improves your mood, boosts energy and helps your body fend off disease. Shape your week around chunks of exercise paired with regular massage recovery sessions to get back into a regular routine.

According to the World Health Organization, adults should perform at least 150 minutes of ‘moderate-intensity’ aerobic physical activity each week, but this can of course be broken up to suit your schedule.

Don’t over-rely on medication

Medication such as painkillers serve a purpose, but UK consumers are discovering that some of their effects can be achieved through other means. For example, studies have shown that massage can relieve workplace pain, muscle tension, and stress while improving joint mobility and flexibility.

Painkillers can have adverse side effects, particularly amongst vulnerable people, or can prove fatal if taken at too high a dosage. A recent study found that 232 people may have died from taking an accidental overdose of prescription opioids in England between 2000 and 2015.

Speak to your employer about your work/life balance

Now is the time to revaluate your current structure and what works for you. Research from the Adecco Group states that 77% of UK employees want a mix of office-based and remote working after Covid-19.

Discuss your ideal work structure with your superiors, and ensure you communicate with other employees in your team so you can support each other. When your work/life balance improves, you’ll see the impact on your mental health.

Make massage a part of your regular routine

Thanks to the Massage Company, it’s easier than ever to regularly access massage therapy that relaxes your muscles, reduces mental health problems and improves sleep, contributing to a healthy, productive post-pandemic routine.

The Massage Company is changing the way people see massage – from an expensive activity you do every now and again to a regular, accessible and reasonably priced part of their health and wellness routine.

About The Massage Company

Since its inception in 2016, The Massage Company has continued to challenge common pre-conceptions of massage and the stereotype of the industry. Their vision is simple: to bring high-quality massage to the wellbeing mainstream. They want people to see massage as accessible to everyone and good value for money, so it can become a vital and routine part of a better and balanced quality of life. Their centres in Camberley, Tunbridge Wells, High Wycombe and Sutton Coldfield are in highly convenient locations, with franchise opportunities available and plans to expand on a national scale.