As we retreat temporarily into our homes, enjoying life's simple pleasures couldn't be more important.
We’ve put together a list of five tips to try and make this period a little less disconcerting, and hopefully help you stay happy both mentally and physically.
Keep up regular contact – not being out and about in your usual social circles or having family members pop round can have a huge effect on your mental health. Try and keep in regular contact via telephone or other means. Having a daily chat with a loved one can do wonders for lifting your spirits. Why not get all your friends or family members together into one video chat and try out some of these new apps that have been released? Play a general knowledge quiz, online board-games or even make use of house party to celebrate a birthday. You might be surprised how fun and simple ideas like this can keep you all connected and even forget about lock down for a short while!
Stay active at home – If you’re struggling without access to your local gym, fear not! Numerous fitness instructors and enthusiasts such as Joe Wicks and Les Mills are doing ‘live workouts’ on YouTube and/or Instagram, meaning you can join in from the comfort of your own home. If you’re looking for something a bit different such as Yoga or Pilates, head over to YouTube and see what you can find. Or head outside for a run, jog or walk to get your daily dosage of vitamin D.
Have a good clear-out – It’s a daunting thought for the majority of us…but now is the perfect time to finally sort through all your belongings and decide what’s worth keeping, what can go to a charity shop and what can go in the bin. It might seem like a big task, but once you get started there will be no stopping you! Putting off a clear-out for as long as possible can also lead to hoarding! It’s time to nip that in the bud and get started. The sooner you begin, the sooner you can sit back and relax.
Keep your mind active – Staying mentally active is also very important. Keep those cogs whirring with daily quizzes, crosswords or puzzles – trying to increase your performance day by day can also become satisfyingly addictive. Quizwise provides a new quiz to conquer daily and it’s free to take part. Or perhaps you can learn a new skill that you’ve never had time for until now? You could start baking or cooking, learn a new language, or even gain an online qualification. There’s no better time to start.
Eat well and stay hydrated – Eating the right food has an incredible ability to boost our mood. If lock down has put you out of your normal routine or has made you less active that you would normally be, eating right becomes increasingly important. Maintaining a diet with a range of healthy fats, fruit and vegetables will keep your blood sugar levels stable and that will help you avoid dips in energy. For meal inspiration, you can find a range of recipes at BBC Good Food.
Although this is a challenging time, mindful changes in how you spend your days can help keep your spirits up. If you find you are struggling, there are a range of support services available, you can find useful information on GOV UK. Your local council may also have services available or contacts of local charities and organisations that can help. Make sure you reach out.
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