Here’s a few top tips for lockdown 2.0
Make time for exercise. This can include activities like lifting weights, an online dance class or a long walk.
Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day to make sure you’re getting a range of vitamins and minerals. Fresh, frozen, dried and tinned options all count.
Consider taking a daily supplement of vitamin D (10 micrograms), especially during the winter. This is particularly important if you aren’t exposed to much sunlight, are over 65 or have dark skin.
Drinking enough fluids helps your body function properly. The Eatwell Guide recommends you have six to eight glasses of fluid a day, but drink a bit more if you’re exercising.
It can be easy to form unhealthy habits as a way of coping. While these might feel like they’re helping you deal with the situation, they often make you feel worse in the long term.
While it might be tempting, don’t turn to alcohol, smoking or other recreational drugs as coping strategies for stress. They will only make things worse.
While it’s important to stay informed, try not to constantly refresh the news if you find it makes you feel anxious, angry or stressed.
Taking some slow deep breaths can help reduce anxiety levels and help you reset. Try breathing in for four counts, hold your breath for four counts and breathe out for five counts.
- looking at your house plants
- observing the cloud patterns in the sky
- listening to birds singing or the sound of rainfall outside
- feeling the cool air against your skin and smelling the scent of some flowers or herbs
Many of us have been apart from some of our loved ones for a long time now. This can be very difficult and upsetting. Try to keep in regular contact using phone or video calls if you can. Writing letters or sending cards might also be a nice change if you’re feeling tired of video calls.
If you know people who live alone, especially the elderly or those who are vulnerable, keep in touch with them as best you can.
Changing rules and routines can be confusing for children. Try to be a positive role model to help them learn how to manage in uncertain times.
Make time to ask your children how they’re feeling. Keeping channels of communication open is so important for children to know that they can come to you if they’re feeling down or scared.
It’s natural to feel a whole range of feelings during times of uncertainty and change. Some days will be better than others. This is a time to be kind to yourself and to those around you. Be patient with yourself and your loved ones.
How you feel might also change as time goes on. If you’re struggling, make sure you reach out to somebody and talk about how you’re feeling. This could be a loved one, your GP, your employer or a mental health organisation.
Guernsey Mind are amazing over here for help and guidance.