Staying sane in lockdown…

So it seems as though we are living in a completely different world as we were in my last post which was only in January. I know a lot of people are struggling with boredom and anxiety during this lockdown period as we don’t know how long it’s going to last. I thought I would compile a list of five tips to look after your mental and physical health during this really weird time.

Read

Every year I tell myself I’m going to start reading more, I start off well but it soon fades off and I end up forgetting, or getting side tracked. Now is the perfect time to start reading that book you’ve been putting off for months as we have little else to do! The book I’ve started reading is Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena, I read The Couple Next Door by her on holiday last year and I’d read it within a few days! My favourite genre is probably thriller so give those a read if you like that sort of thing!

Exercise

As we’re allowed outside once a day for exercise I’ve been trying to do this as much as I can when I’m not working, whether it’s a walk, run or cycle. As I’m still studying I enjoy going outside for some fresh air to clear my head. If you don’t fancy going outside so much, there’s so many workouts on YouTube to try out. I’m missing my pilates classes so I’ve been following videos to keep that up. I know it’s not the same as being in a class but you can find all sorts of specific workouts on YouTube to keep yourself in the right mindset for starting the gym again when we can.

Communicate

It’s so important to keep in touch with friends and family during this time! Whether it’s uni friends, work colleagues or grandparents, take time out of your day to ring or FaceTime them. Everyone is in the same boat right now and might be finding it difficult, especially people on their own. I’ve been FaceTiming people most days, just to speak to different people and keep that communication going!

Eat well

Maybe I’m not the best person to offer advice for this but right now is the perfect time to start building good habits and getting into the routine of eating well. I know it’s difficult being at home all the time and eating junk out of boredom (trust me I know) but try your best to resist it and keep your mind occupied.

Routine

Try and keep to a routine. I’ve been struggling with this I’m not going to lie but make daily plans and set yourself a to do list for the week to get yourself going. Whether it’s cleaning out your wardrobe, writing a blog post (which was on mine) or finishing a school assignment. It’s good to have goals and to feel accomplished ticking them off through the week. Also, if you’re working or studying from home, on ‘work days’ have a routine, set an alarm, get dressed and ready, have set times for lunch, etc. just like you would at work or school.

I hope these tips help you through lockdown, I know they have me just by writing them down!

lauren x faye

xoxo, Lauren

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