2020 has been a scary and difficult year. Whether you have been faced with financial difficulties, or have been worried about the spread of COVID-19, you’ve likely had a lot on your mind during this time. However, it is important that you still find the time to take care of yourself, both physically and emotionally, even though you may feel the need to put others first.
With that in mind, here are 4 things you can do to take care of yourself during lockdown.
- Follow a routine
Prior to the first lockdown, you may have already followed a strict routine. Perhaps you woke up at the same time every morning, headed to work, went to bed at a reasonable hour etc. However, lockdown likely disrupted that. As a result, you may feel as though you have been blown slightly of course and could have developed an unhealthy sleeping schedule. Therefore, one way in which you can take better care of yourself is by trying to adapt to a specific schedule. This should include:
- Waking up at the same time every morning
- Spending some time outdoors, taking in fresh air.
- Eating healthy and delicious foods.
- Spending time socialising (even online)
- Spending time doing something productive. (If you aren’t working, why not pick up a new hobby or develop your skills?)
- Ensuring that you get a good night’s sleep.
Though the thought of exercising could leave you feeling tired, it’s important that you take care of your body during this time. Whether that means working out at home, or taking longer walks, exercise is a great way to stay fit and healthy, but is also proven to help combat stress and anxiety. It also releases endorphins, leaving you feeling happier. Thankfully there are plenty of tips to getting more exercise available online. Remember, you can start small – don’t expect you conquer a gruelling HIIT workout straight away.
If you’ve never tried meditating before, you’d be surprised about how it can make you feel. In fact, there are a range of benefits associated with meditating. It can help you move on from trauma, reduce feelings of stress and anxiety and even improve your ability to focus. It is also a great way to get yourself ready for the day ahead, so why not spend a few minutes each morning meditating?
- Taking a break
You’ve probably seen countless posts on social media about how productive people are being during lockdown. However, it is important to remember that lockdown is not a productivity competition. If instead of learning a new skill, you’ve taken this time to relax and unwind, that is perfectly fine. You don’t have to be working constantly. Therefore, if all you want to do during this time is give yourself a rest, that’s fine. If you want to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new, that’s fine. Above all, it is important that you do what is best for yourself during this time – and don’t compare yourselves to others. Although we are in the same storm, we are on different boats.