TIPS FOR SURVIVING THE LOCKDOWN

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Positive Mindset
Try and think that this is happening for a good reason and remember that it’s temporary. Focus on the things you can do rather than those you can’t.

Create a Daily Routine
Our lives are generally hectic. How many times have we felt the need to ‘get off the treadmill’ to catch our breath? Most of us are now at the other end of the spectrum – life has come to a bit of a sudden halt. Routine is really important – in lockdown it’s very easy to lose track of time and find ourselves still in our PJs at lunchtime. So get organised, maybe have a ‘to do list’ for each day just to feel a sense of achievement.

Avoid News Overload
Whilst the news is a great source of information on the current situation don’t get drawn into watching too much and end up getting more worried that you need to be. Choose a credible source and limit your viewing time. There are lots of good news stories out there so don’t forget them!

Regular Exercise
We all know exercise is good for our health but it’s also good for our minds. Exercise releases endorphins which boost the natural feel good factor. It doesn’t need to be anything too strenuous if you’re not used to exercising – a brisk walk is a great way to raise the heart rate, get moving and get some fresh air. If you are used to staying fit many of the online fitness platforms are offering their services free of charge plus gym chains are posting workouts on their social feeds.

Eat Nutritious Food
Spending lots of time indoors can lead to bad eating habits. Given that many of us will be less active than usual it is even more important to try and eat a healthy, balanced diet to keep our immune systems strong. There’s nothing wrong with treats just try to incorporate plenty of healthy options and don’t forget to drink plenty of water and keep hydrated.

Learn Something New
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do, but never found the time? Maybe it’s learning a language, listening to a particular podcast, learning how to meditate. Again, there are vast amounts of resources online – seize the moment!

Virtual Socialising
Keeping in touch with loved ones will help keep some ‘normality’ to this situation. Using one of the video call platforms will enable you to at least see people’s faces. Why not arrange a coffee call or dinner party? Whether it’s WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype, House Party etc. there are lots of platforms you can use to ‘e-meet’.

Be Creative
Keeping ourselves and our families entertained will be a real challenge for some of us. Think outside of the box, look at what other people are doing to pass the time, if you have children ask them for ideas. Try and make time to do different things as a family rather than relying on too much screen time.

Be Kind
Are there vulnerable people in your neighbourhood? Could you help them? If you live in a small community and you are able to get out to do food shopping perhaps pop a note through the doors of anyone who may not be able to get out or who live alone. Even if they don’t need your help that small gesture of kindness could really make a difference.

And Finally…Don’t forget you’re not stuck at home, you’re safe at home.