A UK Lockdown is here again (no we haven’t jumped into the DeLorean and gone back to March). These new restrictions are set to be in place until Wednesday 2nd December, with the main difference being it’s much colder and darker this time around.
This time it’s initially just four weeks long, which is such a welcome relief in comparison to the 12 weeks we first went through. The first UK lockdwon was intense and many people including myself struggled to get through it physically and most important mentally. But since Boris has told us all to stay in I want to share with you 5 tips to help preserve your mental wellbeing throughout the second lockdown.
HAVE A ROUTINE
The announcement of another UK lockdown had so many of us worried, but some people are going to drive themselves crazy just waiting for this to end. Lockdown doesn’t mean you have to just sit there and wait though. It’s more important than ever to create a routine to give your day purpose and structure.
- Go for a walk
- Eat healthy meals
- Start a journal or diary
We’ve given you some ideas of what you can implement daily in a previous blog post – How To Lose Weight At Home & Stay Fit – UK Lockdown 1.
TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
There are going to be many moments when you find yourself having a spare couple of minutes and like many, you will automatically pick up your phone and start scrolling. Since the first UK lockdown stats show 21% of UK residents spent more time on social media and 50% of us spent more time watching the news. Staying informed is good but with everything going on you can easily find it makes you feel anxious, angry or stressed.
- Take time out to meditate and slow your mind down. Taking some slow deep breaths can help reduce anxiety levels and help you reset.
- Stick to having seven to nine hours sleep a night.
- When you first wake up DON’T rush to your phone. Whatever happened overnight can wait. Ensure the first 30 minutes – 1 hour of your day is a screen-free zone.
DO THINGS YOU ENJOY
During a global pandemic, it can be easy to stop doing the things that you enjoy.
Make a concerted effort to focus on your favourite hobby, if it’s possible to do at home or within the guidelines. If not, start a new hobby: learn a language, read a book, do a puzzle, paint or start exercising.
If you can’t think of anything, write down what you like or what you have always wanted to start doing and simply use google to find free courses/tutorials or like-minded people.
MAKE AN EFFORT TO MAINTAIN RELATIONSHIPS
This time around try to keep in regular contact with your favourite people. Phone them, video chat, Whatsapp, voice note, Facebook messenger are just a few ways to reach out (we may even see the return of House party this time around!). Even if it is just sharing a silly meme or the latest viral video, make a concerted effort to stay in contact.
One thing that will help is to be open and vulnerable about your lockdown experience. There’s no shame in letting loved ones know if you are frightened or anxious about the current state of the world. Truth be told it is scary, and fear is a natural emotion during times of change and uncertainty.
- If you know anyone who is going through Lockdown 2 alone, especially the elderly or those who are vulnerable, please keep in touch with them.
DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF
You’d think this would get easier having already got through 12 weeks in March but it’s natural to feel a whirlwind of emotions during a time of uncertainty. This time around, if there is anything we want you to take away from this post is to not be too hard on yourself. Be patient, be kind with yourself and also your loved ones.
If you’re struggling, please do not suffer in silence, 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. We’ve listed a few below:
UK LOCKDOWN CONCLUSION
As millions come to terms with a second UK lockdown, it is essential we look after our own physical and mental health. Like the first wave, we also need to continue to check in with people if we think they’re struggling or vulnerable.
Stay Strong, Stay Positive, Stay Safe