Digital Marketing Executive Sophie Goodwin shares her top tips for coping with the latest lockdown restrictions
So here we are again, in another national lockdown. I don’t think in March 2020 when the pandemic began did we ever think that almost a year later that coronavirus would still be dictating our daily lives.
If no one has asked you today, how are you feeling? I know that a lot of us are feeling fed up, anxious, scared about the future, lonely and wondering when life might return to some kind of normality.
If you are feeling any of the above emotions (or any combination of other thoughts or worries), here are some tips to try and make this uncertain time more bearable.
Have a routine: Whether you’re working from home, on furlough or currently out of work, it’s important to set a daily routine every day. Whether it’s your daily lunchtime walk with the dog (or by yourself or with your partner), after work HIIT workout in the garage or taking the time to zoom/ring a friend or family member, having structure can really help maintain your get up and go every day.
Get daily fresh air: This one seems obvious but getting outside every day is so important for your mental health, to help clear your face and just genuinely put a smile on your face (who doesn’t love seeing all the local dogs at the park?)
Be kind to yourself: Nobody can deny how difficult the last 10 months have been for everyone, so don’t forget to cut yourself some slack. Whether you’re juggling home schooling and a full-time job, your job and a exercise routine, or you’re on furlough and just trying to keep yourself occupied every day, remember to be kind to yourself (chocolate and your favourite Netflix series often helps). Know how strong you are, you’ve got through everything that life has thrown at you so far, and you’ll continue to do so. You’re stronger than you think.
Smile at a stranger: This one might sound a bit strange, but the power of a smile to a stranger on your daily walk might completely lift their mood and make their day (or week). You have no idea what other people are going through, or when that person may have last seen, spoke or interacted with someone. Try it on your next walk!
Speak out if you’re struggling: If you are struggling with your motivation or your mental health, please speak out. Whether it’s to your partner, parent, friend, sibling or work colleague, the people who care about you want to be able to support you in any way they can. Don’t suffer in silence. If you don’t feel like talking to someone you know, then there’s plenty of free organisations who are here to help. A list of them can be found here.
Stay safe, take care and remember we’re all in this together and we’ve got this!