Lockdown 3.0 - Think Positive, Be Positive
everyone knows, the UK has gone into lockdown again because of COVID-19. For many
this seems like a tragedy, you ask yourself “how can this possible be happening again” But for myself I have been looking at the positives! Hence,
I have proposed this article which focuses on how to care for your well-being during
this difficult time.
I’d like to outline the many benefits of being in lockdown. Now, if any, is the
perfect time to glow up! Wear your hair natural, let it get healthy. Do your skin
care, wear no makeup. Do workouts in the morning. Take your vitamins. Go for
you one daily exercise outside and get some air. Do art. Catch up on class
work. You literally have all the time you need to get your life together. Take
advantage of this time!
to this video from ‘This Morning’ where Phillip Schofield speaks over the phone to
a teacher from China. The teacher reflects on their time during their seven
weeks of lockdown.
My favourite things that the teacher mentioned:
- “Accept that you have no control over the situation. Let go of any thoughts of trying to plan too much for the next month or two.” Since we cannot change what is happening, we need to look on the brightside of this and to make the most out of a bad situation.
- “Try not to listen to, read or watch too much media, it will drive you crazy, there is a thing as too much.”
- “I could choose who I wanted to spend my energy on, who I wanted to call, message and connect with. I found that the quality of my relationships has improved”.
Their advice is valuable and the best that we can follow since China have been through lockdown, they know what it is like to be house bound.
My personal advice:
At University I found it hard to get into a routine, my timetable was completely random and there wasn’t any pattern to times that lectures began. Every day I’d wake up at completely different times! This obviously didn’t boost my productivity. However, now being at home I can arrange my own timetable and routine!
My alarm now goes off at 8am every morning, I make breakfast then write out a list of everything I want to achieve that day. I feel far more active and organised being in lockdown and because of this I am more of a positive person than ever.
At 10am the sun reaches my back garden hence I grab my yoga mat, lay it down on the grass and do some yoga along with some core exercises for 30-40 minutes.
There are many fitness videos online of yoga but of loads of other workouts too.
Yoga provides the following physical benefits:
- increased flexibility
- increased muscle strength and tone
- improved respiration, energy and vitality
- weight reduction
- cardio and circulatory health
- improved athletic performance
Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. It seems absurd to be stressed when you’re cocoon in your room away from the world however, you have a reason to be stressed. The reality of this pandemic is frightening, there are so many unanswered questions and the spread of COVID-19 is growing. The negative effects of COVID-19 can have such a stressful impact on you.
It is understood that stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, and much more. Yoga is an effective way in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life. Taking just 20 minutes during the day can really boost your mood.
‘Music is a therapy!’ We all know that this is DEFINITELY true. Perhaps you’ve began your new hobby or are about to begin your yoga session, what would make this more enjoyable is that perfect playlist playing in the background! Spotify is the perfect place to go for music and podcasts - they have over 50 million songs, 450,000 podcasts and 3 billion playlists.
Moreover, a massive thing we all forget to do is stay in-touch with those closest to us, now that we all have time off there’s no excuse to call our family and friends. Even the shortest call can mean so much. Just to hear their face and voice can brighten up you’re the whole of your day.
Look through old photos. This may sound like such a bizarre suggestion but honestly looking through your phone camera roll or photo albums of photographs can be such a lovely thing to do. As you reminisce different memories, you will remember all the happy moments that you’ve captured. You may even have a giggle, and you may even appreciate those close to you even more.
Take up a new hobby. Be it sketching, colouring, sewing, or writing. Perhaps your mind is going stir crazy, and so your imagination is running wild. Could you be the next J.K. Rowling and produce a best seller during your isolation?! I used to write a diary which I aim to start again, writing a diary is a positive way to reflect on your day. It is great to discuss the pros and cons of your day because it will help you better yourself and look for ways to improve.
Maybe you’ve had a book on your shelf for AGES and finally you can start it! Take advantage of this time to get engrossed in a book! There are so many perks of reading:
- Mental stimulation - you may feel as though your mind isn’t on ‘normal’ mode, that’s because you aren’t sat in Lectures or Seminars anymore meaning your mind isn’t getting stimulated as often as it usually would. A book can solve this!
- Stress reduction
- Passes on knowledge - e.g. vocabulary expansion.
- Improved focus and concentration
- I could go on!
Tidy up/ Redesign your living space. We’ve all realised the severe importance of hygiene during this time and thus it is vital that you wash your hands regularly, tidy up after cooking in the kitchen, clean handles in the house, do not leave dirty dishes on the side (clean them straight away). Overall, to be mindful of others you live with.
In addition, it is said that spicing up your living space can be the perfect therapeutic, mind-distracting task. Rearranging furniture, organising your stationary on your desk, creating a new fun pin board layout… Since you will be in your living space for a while changing the way it looks can help refresh your brain too.
I hope that you find all these ideas useful in maintaining your well-being. Remember to stay home, stay safe, and stay positive during these difficult times.
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