Let’s not just survive this lockdown, lets thrive! Here are 5 tips for surviving lockdown I think you will find very valuable. These 5 tips have kept me sane and with a sense of control in my life because when we can not be sure about outside circumstances, the only thing we can be sure of is how we can manage uncertainly. So let’s go back to the basics.
Keep a routine
The 1st of our 5 tips for surviving lockdown is keeping a routine. It’s so important to keep a routine! Humans are creatures of habit and routines encourage positive mental well-being through structure and organisation of your days. Lots of people who don’t have any type of life routine tend to struggle more with stress, poor sleep and poor diet, poor physical health and usually use their time ineffectively. When there’s no set plan for the day it’s so easy for our minds to feel scattered. I can personally relate.
Up until only last year I did not have a daily routine that I stuck with. Being an independent Sex Worker I was privileged to make my own hours but unfortunately work was never consistent. I really just went with the flow day to day and I suffered from all of the above. It wasn’t until I began writing a daily checklist that my life AND my mind found some order. Before bed I would get a pen and paper and write down everything I wanted to get done the next day, including when I would would wake up and sleep, when I would work out and when I would eat.
I wish I had disciplined myself so much earlier to write and complete lists because I can only imagine the level of success I would be having today. Oh and did you know it’s a scientific fact that when we cross a task off our to-do list our brains release a feel good chemical called Dopamine, which then motivates you to keep being productive!? So cool! I can tell you from my own experience that there is nothing more satisfying then seeing all of my daily tasks crossed off and completed. It makes me feel accomplished and so proud of myself.
Routines can be fun believe it or not. Routines can be fun because you’re the designer of the list.
So, mostly write down things that you genuinely enjoy doing!
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Move your body
The 2nd of our 5 tips for surviving lockdown is Movement. It’s well known how beneficial the endorphins that are released through exercise are. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energising perspective on life. Endorphins also act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. They also act as sedatives which helps us relax easily.
Because we’re all cooped up in our houses right now it can be a lot of strain on our spines sitting or laying down all day causing irritating back pain. If our posture sucks, our back sucks! If you’re like me and are a bit of a potato, focus on movements that stretch and align the spine. When the spine is aligned, it is easier for your blood to circulate throughout the body, giving you increased energy, better heart health and a better mood.
Exercise doesn’t have to be intense and sweaty. It can be calm and fluid too. If HIIT training is not for you, experiment with different types of yoga, pilates or even ecstatic dance. There are sooo many forms of beneficial movement out there on YouTube so keep trying until you find a method that works for you.
Eat fruit and veggies
The 3rd of our 5 tips for surviving lockdown is Eat Fruit and Veggies. Food is fuel. The food you put into your body will cause an effect. If you put in junk, you get junk back, whether that’s poor mood, lack of energy or digestive and skin issues. If you eat nutrient dense food that fuels your bodily functions, then you’ll have more energy, better moods and be look better too.
I’m not saying you can’t eat junk food. You’re bored in lockdown and that delivery desert box on Instagram looks so tempting. However, I think it’s best if you can eat more wholesome than junk.
So try and set yourself a goal to eat fruit and or vegetables every single day.
Growing up I lived off Nutella toast, Easy Mac and only ever drank lemonade. I was always moody, low in energy and overweight. I had chronic IBS and terrible acne. I had no idea it was because of what I was eating because I wasn’t told otherwise.
Then at age 21 I started caring about myself and the 1st thing I did was task myself to drink 3 litres of water per day and that simple task alone cleared 50% of my acne and I began to lose weight. I didn’t stop myself from eating my normal junk food that I was addicted too, but I did force myself to eat a massive bowl of steamed broccoli every single day for lunch. I hated the taste, but after a few days I actually started to crave it. My taste changed and I started eating more veggies than junk. I also would make fruit smoothies with coconut water for breakfast to curve my morning sweet tooth.
My healthy change of diet gave me higher self-esteem, increased my energy and motivation, my brain stopped feeling foggy and I was able to think clearly and have more decisiveness. My acne vanished and I lost weight caused by inflammation. My skin and nails stronger and my eyes became brighter
Start small and soon enough you will love veggies and they will certainly love you back.
Learn a new skill
The 4th of our 5 tips for surviving lockdown is Learn A New Skill. Stimulate your mind! When you learn something new you are exercising your brain, which can help improve cognitive functions such as concentration, attention to detail, memory recall and problem solving, and also reduce the chance of developing dementia. Learning a new skill occupies your mind and helps you focus on something positive. It’s a way to escape the never-ending news and social media cycle and do something positive. It helps keep you motivated and once you’ve mastered one skill, keep that momentum going and learn something else.
Anything can be considered a new skill. You could take up an online class, course or workshop. You can read a book about an unknown but interesting topic to you, you could learn how to handstand or back flip. Making candles, jewellery or any type of crafty art!
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Last year I learnt how to Hula Hoop and omg it is harder than is looks. But with a little hard work and determination I got the hang of it and now it’s easy! New skill and exercise in one!
Continue to socialise, safely!
The 5th tip for surviving lockdown is Continue To Socialise! Socialisation can help improve our mental and emotional health. Studies show – and wisdom confirms – being social decreases depression. Socialisation also improves overall mental health.
It’s a really hard time now for us extroverts and social introverts out there. However, even though we can’t physically catch up with those dearest to us we can certainly give them a video call.
I swear I have been living my life on Zoom during gloomy lockdown days. I know some people who have even taken up pen pals with friends and inmates who are desperate for interaction.
In order to stay healthy and truly thrive, our brains need socialisation. As human beings, we crave interactions with others and need that engagement to stay active as we age and progress through life. So go and pick up your phone and call a mate to say hello!
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