My time indoors hasn’t been that bad.
I say it’s not bad because its good being in my own space sometimes, however, I was annoyed during the beginning stages by two things; and I say the beginning because these are things I can’t change and therefore had to get over very quickly.
1) Not knowing how long lockdown would last resulting in not being prepared.
2) Having to work during this pandemic.
By preparing, all I did was tell everyone I’m close to I’d see them soon (assuming we’d only be in 4-6 weeks) and I froze my gym membership a week before lockdown started. During lockdown I think it became apparent to all of us that we weren’t prepared (unless you are one of those people that ran out and purchased trolley loads of toilet paper and pasta). Never in a million years did we think we would spend days on end at home. Having a TV, laptop and yoga mat is ideal but I ended up searching the house for weights (which I don’t have) and ended up ordering needed distractions such as a book, puzzle and clothes (clothes due to celebrating my birthday during lockdown). I’ve been grateful for my health and what I do have. I’ve been doing daily workouts, cooking, binging on Lost but of course, we always desire more.
As for working to home, its no fun being a key worker but luckily I’m able to work from home. With the NHS working night & day, people losing jobs and businesses not knowing what’s happening, I had to get over my feelings quickly because I felt guilty for complaining but, it is hard seeing friends and other people off work and enjoying time off.
A lot of people have also struggled with mental health during lockdown but its the exercise that has kept me going…and also watching Come Dine With Me in the mornings every day. This works as my morning motivation and during this time motivation is the most important thing. Another thing that has been keeping me busy is planning for the future, and looking forward to things to do when everything is over.
How’s your lockdown going?
Don’t think of it as being stuck in the house. Like me, you may need to work from home or cancel events. I’ve even had to cancel my birthday! But think of this has an opportunity. We spend our lives busy studying, working, looking after family and friends but now we have time to take care of ourselves. I have seen a lot of people over recent days talk about how being at home has negatively impacted their mental health but there is some good from it. Travelling to and from work, focusing on other people, having distractions, distracts us from our mental health issues but being on lockdown with reduced distractions gives us from to focus on what is important. The lockdown itself doesn’t mean you can’t go on one walk a day or sit in your back garden and reflect. A lot of people are taking it to literally mean stay in your bedroom or living room. Staying in one place and doing nothing different is what will mess with your mental health.
There’s so much that can be done in the house. From cooking, knitting, art, even following makeup tutorials on YouTube. Don’t just think about social distancing but think about distancing yourself from social media. Since being at home I have found myself bored with social media. I usually go on social media when I am bored at work, during lunch breaks, travelling on public transport, but now being at home and having constant access it has become draining.
At a time when there’s ‘not much to do’ there is always something that could be done. Leaving your phone aside for an hour to relax and have peace of mind or to gain a new skill will only better your mental health and your outlook.
Some of you might have children at home but now you can either focus more on family time or set tasks to distract the children while you fit in little daily breaks for yourself.
List of things to try
Social time with family
An hour of relaxation (peace and quiet)
1 walk a day
Cooking something new
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