6 Lockdown Self Care Tips
Date Posted:23 July 2021
We have all been feeling a little stressed and overwhelmed with lockdowns lately. Here are some simple self-care tips we have pulled together to help you settle, reduce stress and anxiety, and stay productive during lockdown.
1. Practice doing nothing
Give yourself a 5-10 minutes ‘blank time’ for doing nothing. Turn away from social media and news, and give your brain downtime. You don’t need to count your breathing or meditate; simply do nothing. It may feel a little uncomfortable to start with, but with practice you should find yourself being able to switch off and allow inspiration or new ideas to come to you.
2. Make the most of daily exercise time
During lockdowns, it is essential to have an appropriate exercise routine that keeps your physical body active.
- Simply go for a walk each day
- Do your no-machine-required exercises at home with some motivation song tracks playing in the background
- Ride your bike to different routes (within the allowed traveling distance)
- Walk your dog while going to the shop to do grocery shopping
- Jog to your local coffee shop to buy a takeaway coffee while supporting small local businesses
- Set yourself a challenge with a physical exercise app to achieve your goals
3. Set up a work space and a work routine
Some of us work from home during lockdowns. Being able to work from home is a positive and a blessing especially during a pandemic. Create a corner, a space, an area that does not need to be big, but somewhere you can set up your work resources to be able to focus. Still take your usual tea breaks and lunch breaks as you go. Ticking off tasks for the work day is also important to help you stay productive and feeling good about yourself.
4. Find your tribe time
We all need some emotional support from the ones we care and love. Set a particular day each week calling or video chatting with family, friends and loved ones. Keeping in touch and communicating with those who are important to you is vital to mental health and wellbeing. Reach out not just to those who are close to you but to people who you know, and ask how they are doing. Sending someone your thoughts is a beautiful thing and in return, you will also feel the joy your own kindness brings.
5. Learn something new
Have you always been wanting to learn a new foreign language, to learn some new cooking recipes, to draw, to sing, to sew to knit, to learn a new Adobe graphic skill…the list goes on and varies from individual to individual. If you ever feel bored, get your mind and hands onto a new learning task can help you stay rejuvenated, creative and positive.
With more time at home, it is important to feel good about your environment. Simplify your personal belongings and get rid of things that no longer bring enjoyment to your life. You can always donate them to charity if they are still in usable condition. Reorganise your living space to ‘breathe’.
Last but not the least, we’d like to wrap up with this powerful quote -
“We have a chance to do something extraordinary. As we head out of this pandemic we can change the world. Create a world of love. A world where we are kind to each other. A world were we are kind no matter what class, race, sexual orientation, what religion or lack of or what job we have. A world we don't judge those at the food bank because that may be us if things were just slightly different. Let love and kindness be our roadmap.”
― Johnny Corn
Stay safe, stay positive, stay well.