So it’s been a few days since BoJo plunged us into another National Lockdown and I wanted to pop on here to have a little chat about how we are all doing. The second (or is this third?) lockdown is a funny one because we sort of know what it’s like now, we know what to expect and yet… it seems equally as pants! At least this time there is a light at the end of the tunnel, hey ladies? One thing I think is really important to remember is that you are not alone in any of this. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, bored or angry – I can guarantee a heap tonne of others are too! Make sure you acknowledge how you’re feeling and cut yourself some slack. Though the phrase is starting to grate on me… these are unprecedented times! So give yourself a break, run yourself a bath, grab yourself a bevvy of your choice (maybe a cuppa tea/glass of vino?) and get yourself a good book! TLC is certainly something I do not underestimate after lockdown numero uno.
Today I’m coming at you with a little survival guide and a few screen savers that you are more than welcome to nab!
Give yourself a purpose and set yourself some goals
I know some of us are in the unfortunate position of being on furlough, but I think setting goals is really important to keeping ourselves mentally healthy. Having goals gives you something to focus on and acts as a fabulous distraction from the chaos. These goals can be really simple, from exercising each day to getting stuck into a TV series. Of course, you could go further and sign up for an Open Uni course or learn a new skill, but there is absolutely no pressure to do that and simply surviving this pandemic is achievement enough!
TLC (Tender, Love & Care)
Also known as self care! This lockdown is (hopefully) a once in a lifetime opportunity to pamper yourself, we’re talking bath bombs, face masks, painting your nails and give yourself a spa-level facial.
Stay connected & spread positivity
One of my favourite things to do during Lockdown 1 was to send cards to family. I used MoonPig (you can send physical or virtual!) and I hand wrote some too. I even sent cards to a care home! Lockdown can feel lonely and sending cards not only gives you something to do, it’s fulfilling, makes others smile and keeps you connected. Of course, there are other ways to keep connected (like video calls, phone calls, quizzes!), the important thing is that we are talking and still having fun. Everybody needs the extra positivity at the moment!
Turn the technology off
This one is hard, but it’s a must. When you’re pottering around all day, it’s really easy to fall into a social media black hole! It’s a good idea to switch it off and do something that is not related to technology, for example read a book, play board games or get creative with DIY. This is great to keeping a healthy mind, but can also help you sleep better!
Get out the house!
Never underestimate the power of fresh air! A change of scenery is great for the mind and soul.
Ta da, that’s the little help guide to keeping our sanity this lockdown! Below are a few quotes that I hope comfort and inspire you – please do feel free to take hem and use them as you wish!