Tips For Wellbeing in Lockdown

How can we stay positive and healthy during this lockdown? Here are a few wellbeing tips and general ways to help you stay sane…

 

Limit exposure to bad news…

It’s important to stay informed, but there’s a lot of misinformation out there which is only going to heighten anxious thoughts and lead to panic.

Obsessively checking updates can quickly turn counterproductive and could further fuel feelings of anxiety and worry. 

Stick to trustworthy sources of information, such as the WHO website and BBC, and limit the time you spend checking the news.

Be aware of how it’s making you feel, and step away if you are feeling negative or overwhelmed. 

 

 

Stay active…

Your physical health has a huge impact on your mental health – so it’s a very important time to take care of yourself and stay healthy! Exercise releases endorphins which lift our mood – so doing daily exercise is a great way to help you keep positive. 

I personally have been using a great fitness app called FitOn which I highly recommend – it has loads of great short workouts and stretches, plus you can choose your level of fitness and length of time for each workout!

There are also a lot of free workouts available on YouTube, or you could just take a daily walk/jog around your area!

 

Eat right…

I have to admit, for me this is the hardest one! When you’re at home all day, it’s very easy to mistake boredom for hunger. Before you know it, you can find yourself snacking consistently!

However, one reason to be more aware of what we eat, is because we want to build our immune system – so it’s best to limit unhealthy snacks and try to eat a balanced diet. 

The good thing about being at home more means there’s time to refine your cooking skills and try new dishes! 

 

Get some ‘me-time’…

There’s probably a lot going on at home at the moment, so it’s important to take some time out to relax.

Do something you enjoy – read, paint, write, or just run yourself a nice bath to chill out at the end of each day.

 

Have a routine…

Having some kind of routine will help you to make sure you get everything important done – work, cleaning, cooking, assignments etc – as well finding time to exercise, time to relax, time to catch up with friends/family, and time to get enough sleep. 

 

Start a hobby…

If you find that you have extra time, why not start a new hobby that you always wanted to try, or do something that you don’t usually find time for.

You could learn a new language, start writing a blog, take up baking, or something else – the list is endless!

This is a perfect opportunity to learn a new skill, keeping our brains working and adding another string to our bow at the same time. Plenty of online courses are currently discounted, there are many free apps available to aid learning, plus YouTube has a tutorial for pretty much anything you could wish to learn!

 

 

Connect with people…

Self-isolating shouldn’t mean isolating yourself completely. While it’s important to be social distancing physically, we are very fortunate to be living in the age of technology, so we are able to constantly keep in touch with others. 

Take advantage of video calling to catch up with family and friends. You can meet for virtual coffee, hold a group cooking class via Zoom, host an online quiz evening, or simply call someone for a good old chat!