Two and a half weeks in the novelty, if you could call it that, has started to wear off for many of you. Lockdown survival is now the name of the game. Initially for those of you not working as much the idea of being able to perhaps have some time out and regenerate seemed like a silver lining. For those of you working from home and having to home school perhaps not so much. Either way the way things are going right now and the changes to our lives we are having to endure are taking their toll.
Looking forward what can you do to make the best of this situation? First off being organised and having a plan is going to help you stay focused, positive and healthy for however long it is this lockdown goes on.
What are the things you can do to help yourself this lockdown?
- Create a regular schedule – It’s easy when your timeframes change to stay up late and wake up late. This will throw out your diurnal rythym and can significantly affect your mood and motivation. At the moment we need both of these to be optimal.
- Regular meals – When your schedule gets thrown out it can become easy to skip meals only to find the ones you have end up being too big putting stress on your digestion, nervous system and cardiovascular system.
- Regular exercise – being sedentary means poor circulation, less energy, poor cognitive function and can affect your mental health. While you don’t have to start that Olympic training regime it is important to get between 15 – 30 minutes per day of exercise. There are lots of great exercise apps that can help give you some guidance on specifics. Here is a fairly simple one I have used from time to time and is based on bodyweight training. However being able to get outside and get some sun is also super important right now. Sunshine activates vitamin D, which helps with mood and viral immunity.
- Stretching – if you are not doing much or you are doing regular exercise stretching is an important part of making sure you don’t get overly tight or injure yourself. There’s more info and a downloadable stretch sheet here.
- Diet – Yes this one is also pretty important. While you may not be what you eat, what you eat will affect you and matters for lockdown survival. Try to be eating as much fresh food as you can and as little out of a packet or from Uber eats as you can. Try some new healthy recipes to spice things up a bit, add some creativity to your lockdown and break up the boredom.
- Meditation – Regular meditation will help your mood and help you cope with the stress associated with lockdown and the uncertainty we are all feeling right now.
- Focus on things that improve your mood – What you focus on becomes your reality so if you are spending your day looking at Covid case numbers then basically you are going to become more and more freaked out. Do a daily check to stay informed then try to look for media that is uplifting and inspiring. Focus on things that make you feel good. If you are streaming programs aim for comedy or light hearted things at the moment. Your mental health will thank you.
- Stay Connected – try to take the time each day to check in with at least one friend or family member. Preferably focus on those who perhaps live alone or are more isolated than others. Helping people brings both them and you joy and purpose.
- Be kind to yourself – These are strange times so it is understandable for us to perhaps not be operating at our best. Focus on small goals and add to them gradually once you start to achieve. Remember you are human and will never be perfect so falling down and making mistakes is part of who you are and your growth experience.
Hopefully this will give you some tools and focus to help you with your lockdown survival and perhaps make it more enjoyable than just survival.
Take good care and we look forward to helping you when we can. We are open but asking folks that if treatment is not urgent that you delay it until things return to as they were pre-lockdown. However if you are struggling and need some help contact us or Book Now.
Jeff Shearer has been in practice since 1995 and
loves sharing his knowledge on better ways to live.