7 Ways To Look After Yourself During Lockdown
It’s no secret that 2020 hasn’t turned out to be the year anyone predicted. A global pandemic has sent our world into a spin and the effects have been felt far and wide. From the loss of jobs and incomes to reduced hours and enforced lockdowns, it’s easy to understand why so many people might be feeling a little overwhelmed by everything that is going on. It’s so easy to sink into the mindset that you aren’t alone – there are so many others going through the same thing as you, so therefore you shouldn’t complain. Everyone’s journey is completely different and no matter how you feel, those feelings are valid. People deal with stress in different ways and there is no right and wrong to see yourself through this. It’s about finding what works for you.
On that note, here are 7 top ways you can look after yourself during the lockdown.
Sure, we might be confined to an indoor space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay active. Whether you do some home workouts on the TV (there are so many to choose from these days), or you get outside for your one hour of fresh air, there are plenty of opportunities to move your body. When you exercise, it increases endorphins, dopamine, adrenaline, and endocannabinoid — these are all brain chemicals associated with feeling happy, confident, and capable, as well as feeling less anxiety and stress.
Start The Conversation
While you can’t physically be with your friends and family, you can still chat with them. Give them a call on the phone, Zoom, or any other video/phone platform, and stay in contact. Even just sending a text message is enough to open up those lines of communication. It’s a good chance to open up about how you are feeling, and to ask how they are going as well. Having an ear to hear you out can be all it takes.
Unfollow The News
Are you following every news site possible across the internet and on your socials? It makes sense wanting to keep up to date with everything that is going on. But this can also be draining. Limit your intake so you don’t constantly find yourself with a pit in your stomach.
Take Some Time For You
Got a lot of free time on your hands now? Don’t just sit around bored, wishing for your old life back. Make use of it! How often have you told yourself to slow down and put off doing things because you were too busy? Now is your chance! Take up a new hobby, start reading a book, find a new TV series, or jump online and take a course in something that interests you. You never know where this might lead you, but you can be sure it will make you feel more positive about your situation.
Another thing we tend to push to the side and don’t have much time for in our busy lives. Now that you are home more, start experimenting in the kitchen. Food has the power to uplift you and make you feel great. You can bake, roast, try out new recipes, or even join some online groups and strike up discussions. It will not only nourish you but your soul as well.
Have you been putting off that Spring cleaning? Now’s the chance to get on top of it. If you have to be in your home more, it might as well be neat, tidy, and clutter-free! Tackle it in small doses so it doesn’t become overwhelming. Start with one cupboard or room in the house and see what you do and don’t need. It can be hard to let go of things, but it can be so freeing at the same time.
Bring a little pampering into the home. Whether it’s as simple as taking a long soak in the bath while you destress, or investing in some candles, face masks, and more to amp up the experience and help you unwind. Add in some meditation music and really let your body and mind relax as you forget about all your stresses.
If you still find yourself struggling, then make sure you speak up and reach out. Remember, everyone responds differently to stress and anxiety and there is no right or wrong. It’s important to get the help you need. Reach out and speak with an experienced and trained psychologist, who can help you work through your experience.