- Have a Routine
Working from home makes it easy to lose track of time and slip from your daily routine. Try to go to bed at the same time each night, as well as setting regular mealtimes structuring work/daily tasks around this. Having a daily planner or visual aid like a whiteboard can make this less intimidating and make the time you’re spending at home more enjoyable.
- Stay in Touch with Family and Friends
A national lockdown can feel lonely at times, so it is important to remind yourself you’re surrounded by people who love you. Stay in touch with your friends and family via text messages or facetime and do something enjoyable, like hosting a virtual pub quiz or family gathering. For people who live near to you, try a socially distanced walk.
- Eat Nutritious Foods
A nutritious diet can help increase our happy hormones. Eating nutritious foods can be enjoyable and more time at home is a perfect excuse to dust off that recipe book and channel your inner Jamie Oliver. Share your new creations with friends and family to help you come together and eat well.
- Try Something New
With what feels like more time on our hands then ever- now is the perfect time to try something new. This could be a simple as reading more books or ordering some art supplies online and getting creative!
- Keep Active
Gyms and exercise classes being closed makes it important to stay active. If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space, try home workouts or yoga. If not, you could head to a local park or clear your mind with a long bike ride.
- Spend time outdoors
Spending time outdoors is essential for maintaining our mental health. Light exposure causes the release of serotonin. So when you feel you’ve been cooped up all day remember to take some time to enjoy the great outdoors.
- Get enough sleep
A regular sleeping pattern is a great way to get your routine back, but it also brings huge benefits to how you feel each day. Inadequate levels of sleep causing moodiness and irritability. Try limiting the levels of blue light exposure a few hours before bed and make sure your bedroom is dark enough for a satisfying night’s sleep.
- Make time for yourself
In the midst of all this chaos, it’s easy to neglect yourself and your body. Taking time for yourself can help you feel calmer and more confident. Try taking 10 minutes on your own to meditate each morning. Run a hot bath after a long day’s work and use this lockdown as an opportunity to feel more comfortable with yourself.
- Be kind to others
Lockdown can be strenuous on our mental health so don’t forget to check in with your loved one’s wellbeing. Put out positivity and show people how much they mean to you after all we’re all in this together.