Life in Lockdown
Life is a bit strange at the moment. Things have been changing very quickly recently. It’s an adjustment for all of us, but don’t worry if you’re finding this a lot to process. It’s normal to be feeling scared, anxious, apprehensive, nervous, angry; there is a lot going on in the world at the moment and it can feel overwhelming. But all this isn’t necessarily happening for the worst. It’s most important that as many people as possible can stay healthy and safe, but there are positives to gain. You are absolutely not alone in how you’re feeling. The most comforting feeling in all this is that we are all in this together. Through a global crisis like this, society is gaining a sense of community and togetherness, (the clap for the NHS worldwide was so heart-warming!!). This is just the start of seeing the beauty from a very hard time. Bringing people together through sympathy, compassion, and kindness is most important at the moment. Learning how to control fear and anxiety is crucial, and it is important to remember that no amount of fear or worry will help or change aspects of the universe that are out of your control. A time like this makes me realize what I took for granted in my life before, and will therefore make me more appreciative of afterward. And I’m very grateful for having the chance to realize this.
Life for the foreseeable future may be very unusual and uncertain. Nevertheless, these are my tips for staying happy and healthy during lockdown.
Keep a structure and routine in your daily life! Starting with what I’d consider most important. This could be working on a good sleep routine, whether it’s trying to wake up earlier to make the most of your day, or pushing yourself to go to bed earlier to get a longer, better-quality sleep. Create a good morning routine.
I like to start the day with making herbal teas, tidying my flat, doing some yoga, and taking time to make a delicious breakfast, (avocado on toast is my favourite at the moment!). Also, I’d recommend still getting dressed every day, doing your makeup (if you feel like it), and getting ready for the day, even though you won’t be going anywhere! It will make you feel more productive. Sometimes I even like still dressing up nice occasionally, it will make you feel good about yourself!
Stay off social media and limit your time reading the news! The news will more often than not fabricate the negatives of what is going on in the world, and it can feel overwhelming. I began to get hooked on reading statistics, yet I found I was a lot happier when I checked the news less. It is still important to be aware of what is going on in the world, but limit yourself to only checking the news as frequently as what works for you, without making you fearful. If it wasn’t for the news and social media we probably wouldn’t even know about this coronavirus.
Journal. Document how you are feeling! This is a significant global event that we are living through. Writing down your day to day life, keeping some sort of diary of what you have been up to, or writing how you are feeling can do wonders to making you feel a whole lot better.
Especially if you are struggling in a time like this. Find what works for you best, whether it be writing first thing in the morning, or just before you go to sleep to clear your mind.
Consider the positives and learn from what you can. As I previously mentioned, a crisis like this is helping learn new things in life, such as what I took for granted in life before, what I will now appreciate more. Take this time to reflect and think. Life is on pause. Now is a good time to take a step back, think about where you are in life, what you want in life, what you want to do more of, what you don’t do enough of. Make a plan for when life returns back to ‘normal’.
Learn something new. Learn an instrument. Learn how to do the splits. Learn how to curl your hair or do the perfect eyeliner look. Create a blog. It could be anything! Take this time to do all the things you always wanted to do, but ‘never had the time’ for. Decorating the house. Cleaning your car. Spend time with your parents. Phone all your friends. Eat well. Drink more water. Focus on your health! Make self care your top priority.
Relax and enjoy yourself! Here are some things that are on my ‘To Do’ list of indoor activities. Watch films. Knitting. Yoga. Read books. Listen to podcasts. Watch Youtube videos. Write your own book. Search blogging or vlogging. Learn a new language. Cooking. Play video games. University work. Go out for a walk or exercise. No matter what the reason for leaving the house, be careful! Be as safe as you possibly can be in a time like this. But it is still important to get some sun on your skin and fresh air when you can.
I hope some of these tips and ideas help you to stay happy and healthy in a peculiar time. Remember to think positively and not let fear or anxiety take over. Stay safe and take care