Staying Busy During This Time

Recently the government announced that the lockdown period was to be extended for a further three weeks. Whilst we understand that this is necessary for the safety and wellbeing of the general public, we also understand that social distancing may be frustrating for some of you! We have put together a list of (social distancing friendly) suggestions to help you preoccupy yourself during this time.



Exercise

It is well known that physical activity helps to improve your mood and help with anxiety. Although gyms are closed, there are still many ways to get that endorphin rush that comes from exercise. Right now home workouts are your best friend, and YouTube is filled with so many great videos that you can do from the comfort of your bedroom. From yoga to HIIT there is something for everyone, no matter how big or small your space is. If you want a gentler form of exercise – take advantage of the daily outdoor exercise allowance and go on a walk. If you have any green spaces around you this is even better as being around nature may help to still your mind and help you recharge after a long day.


IDEAS:

  • Home workout challenges (Youtube, Instagram Live)

  • Walk or Run

  • Cycling

  • Skipping


Nourish your social life

We know this phrase might seem a little bit crazy right now because how can you have a social life when you can’t leave your house! Luckily there are several ways to stay connected with friends and family during this time *cue Houseparty, Zoom and Facetime*. Some of you may be social distancing alone but feeling connected to people is important, more so right now. If you’re able, reach out to your friends and family; it may give you a different perspective and give you some extra support.


IDEAS:

  • Write down a list of all the people you want to contact that week and plan to call different people on different days, spreading over the course of the week

  • One-to-one calls or Group calls

  • Organise an online Games Night with friends


Self-care

The current situation is impacting everyone and we are all worried about our own health and that of our loved ones so it is completely normal to feel anxious during this time. Whenever you can, take some time out of your day or week to focus on yourself. Self care looks different for everyone but the overriding principles remains the same. It is any activity that you purposely do to take of your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. One good way to practice self care is to do something therapeutic. As mentioned earlier, self-care is unique to each person so this may mean doing a face mask or practicing make up skills! Meditation and mindfulness is something a lot of people find calming and there are a lot of free apps that can make your mindfulness and meditation journey a lot easier. Another effective way to practice self care is to take care of something else. There are many on-line plant nurseries that are still open so you could invest in some plants and start an indoor garden; a great way to bring nature indoors. There are many things you can do to take