Tips for Thriving in Lockdown
In this unprecedented and surreal situation we find ourselves in it is almost guaranteed that we will all be feeling feelings of isolation, boredom, fear and anxiety, however, there are many things that you can do to thrive in lockdown, keep boredom at bay and use the time in a positive way.
Join an online exercise class, go for a run or a walk. Boredom goes hand in hand with snacking! Have you ever noticed when you are busy you don’t even notice you are hungry? Feel less guilty about that packet of biscuits by offsetting it with some exercise. Keeping in shape will help you to a, feel better about yourself and b, is a great way to release those happy hormones and get you into a positive frame of mind. The Independent suggest some fitness apps.
- Get outdoors
Luckily we are welcoming spring which should mean warmer weather. Get your daily vitamin D fix by getting outside as much as you can. It is proven that more daylight, especially in the morning hours is beneficial to getting a good night’s sleep as the bright light from the sun helps to regulate your circadian rhythm and let’s face it, we all feel better after a good night’s sleep!
- Try something new
Is there something that you have been meaning to try but haven’t been able to find the time? Enrol for an online course. You can do just about anything online and many have now been offered for free. Whether you are looking to take up a hobby or gain a qualification there are plenty to choose from.
Here are some ideas from Scoopwhoop.com.
One of life’s greatest pleasures is to curl up with a good book and let your mind wander. When you are immersed you won’t be thinking about what is going on in the outside world. It is a wonderful form of escapism. There are some fantastic recommendations no matter what you enjoy. Here are some suggestions:
- Polish your CV and film your video CV
Why not use your time practically? Take some time to really polish your CV and even film your video CV. When the world goes back to normal you will want to be prepared to get out there and find your perfect job.
- Keep in touch with friends and family
We all take socialising for granted, chatting with colleagues, roommates, classmates, friends people we bump into whilst going about our day. Socialising is an important part of the human brain, we are social creatures. You may find your self missing these interactions and it can leave you feeling down. The good news is that it is easy to keep in touch with a plethora of technology making it easy to do so. Video calls make it almost as good as the real thing. Here are some apps that allow you to arrange group calls to keep your social circle together.
- Put social media down!
Social media is amazing, it is right at your fingertips 24 hours a day, you feel connected with friends family and acquaintances with minimal effort, all you need to do is pick up your phone and go for a scroll. The danger is that social media is full of fake news. Well-meaning people share articles and comments that are either clickbait or opinion and present it as real news. It can be difficult to differentiate between the real reporting and opinion, in particular in the heightened state that we are living in. The best way to avoid social media anxiety is to simply avoid it. Keep up with friends but scroll swiftly past anything that is offering “news” on the situation. Stick to WHO and Gov.uk for your updates and you will be well informed and feel less overwhelmed by the constant barrage of “news”.
It is important to take care of yourself. We have mentioned exercise and getting outdoors to get those endorphins flowing but sometimes thoughts and feelings of worry and anxiety can get the better of you especially with so much unknown. Such a stressful time can have an effect on anyone’s mental health. Even if you don’t usually you may find your self feeling anxious and worried. It is perfectly reasonable in an unprecedented time of crisis. There are many things that you can do to keep in check here are some examples: Ten Tips for dealing with stress [Skills you need]
Breathing techniques are a great way to calm down if you feel anxiety is rising. Here is a simple one to try:
- Breathe in through our nose for 4 seconds,
- Hold it in for 4 seconds
- Slowly exhale through your nose for 4 seconds.
Focus on your breathing, repeat the exercise for a few minutes or until you feel calm. By focusing your thoughts purely on your breathing you distract your mind from the tensions and unhelpful thoughts that may be causing stress. Breathing techniques also force you to breathe properly. We are all guilty of taking short breaths, taking some time for deep breathing nourishes your lungs with some deep cleansing breaths.
There are many apps available to help manage stress and anxiety:
If you feel that you would like some help contact Mind the mental health charity.
We have been thrown into the unknown and we all hope that things return back to normality soon. Until then take some time for you and keep safe!
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