Guide to Staying Sane during Lockdown

KEEP A ROUTINE: 

Following Gie’s blog posted the other day, I had a think of ways I could keep a solid routine during lockdown. Still being able to work is such a huge privilege, as it adds much needed structure to my day – but I’m still aiming to plan out my evenings avoid repetitiveness! 

For example: 

Monday Evening – Pamper night: including a hair mask, facemask & painting my nails!

Tuesday Evening – Catch up with Friends: My friends and I are arranging weekly group calls just to check in with other and have a catch up!  

Wednesday Evening – Walk: We are blessed to be surrounded by beautiful countryside in Wall Heath/Kingswinford, so I plan on making the most of it through my advised 1 walk per day.  

Thursday Evening – TShow Catch up: I am currently watching Masterchef, Breaking Bad, The Tiger King documentary series on Netflix. I’m trying to limit my TV time as I don’t want to run out of things to watch! 

Friday Evening – Virtual Pub Quiz: I’m hosting an online Pub Quiz with my friends to add something exciting to the week – rounds include General Knowledge, Television, Film & Music!  

 

EAT HEALTHILY:

It’s important for us all to keep our immune systems strong during this Covid-19 pandemic, therefore foods loaded with Vitamin C are key – orangespeppers, strawberries and broccoli are great sources. Obviously due to panic buying and hoarding (insert eye-roll here) it may be difficult for people to get their hands on fresh ingredientsHowever, there are many resources online to ensure you can still eat healthy meals with what you have in your cupboard: such as https://myfridgefood.com/ – where you can input your ingredients and they can provide recipes based on the food you have available! This is also a great way to reduce food waste.  

EXERCISE:

Research shows: 

  • Physically active people are happier and more satisfied with their lives.  
  • Exercise increases endorphins and other feel-good brain chemicals.  
  • Exercise reduces levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline in the body. 
  • Exercise is a proven remedy for both depression and anxiety. 

 

A lot of us have lost access to our gyms, therefore it’s more important than ever that we make sure we keep exercise a priority in our new routines! There are loads of amazing online resources to help you keep active and healthy from home, such as: 

  • Blogilates on Youtube: Provides online Pilates videos you can do from home, she even has videos for those who live in flats/apartments and are conscious about making noise. 
  • Results with Lucy on Youtubehas free home workouts available on her Youtube Channel. 
  • The Body Coach TV on Youtube: Joe Wicks has begun providing PE lessons for kids across the world who are now at home.  

MONITOR YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA USAGE:

The world is a scary place at the moment, and there are a lot of worrying and upsetting facts & figures, pictures and videos on the internet. While it’s important to remain informed and up to date, it can also have a negative impact upon your mental health. Therefore, limiting your exposure to negative media can help decrease anxiety and stress. Choosing to engage with positive content can be a real boost for your mental wellness as well!

POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS:

I’ve written a list in my notebook of things to remember during this pandemic. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the negatives and spiral into despair. We are allowed to feel sad; we are allowed to feel anxious; and we are allowed to feel completely overwhelmed by everything, but I’m trying to remember: 

  • You are not alone – everyone else is feeling the exact same way right now.  
  • This time will pass, and we will be back to moaning about mundane things again soon enough! 
  • You will see your friends and family again and be thankful for the precious time spent with them. 
  • Holidays and hair appointments can wait – and they will be worth the wait!  

Thank you for reading and stay home! 

xx