Feeling lost and need to re-focus? Read our healthy habits to have during lockdown
It’s been 8 months since the government announced a national lockdown, with ups and downs in-between that time, in terms of both the government guidelines and emotionally. With most of us feeling drained and exasperated by this point, looking after our own mental and physical well-being is imperative to seeing us through the next few months.
This year has thrown our lives and daily routines into chaos, with most of the country working from home where possible, it’s easy to fall into a slump when it comes to routines and schedules. But sticking to a daily routine can help to instill a sense of normality within our lives, and can also help to regulate our sleeping patterns, eating habits and help us focus when working from home. Here are our top 5 healthy habits to have during lockdown.
With the majority of the country spending considerably more time at home that you normally would over the past 8 months, it’s tempting to stay in your pj’s all day. But, as mentioned above, it’s important to keep a sense of normality and routine when our normal daily schedules are up in the air.
The psychology of getting dressed out of your sleeping clothes and into your working clothes in the morning creates a new mind-set, and over time you will associate getting dressed in the morning with preparing for the working day ahead, changing not only your mind-set but your psychological pace and focus too. So if you want to feel productive, change out of your sleeping clothes!
Have a routine
Having a daily routine, such as going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning, ensures you not only get a good night’s sleep (which is important to help us focus and regulates our eating habits), but also structures your day and gives you a sense of purpose.
Make a daily or weekly planner and note something down each day to do, such as going for a walk or tidying up, an hour of exercise organising that messy cupboard. At the end of each day, write down something you have achieved, whether big or small, and put it in a jar. At the end of every week or month, you can see how far you’ve come and will give you a sense of achievement!
Don’t feel guilty for doing nothing
When scrolling on social media it can be easy to compare ourselves to seemingly picture-perfect influencers or extremely productive people that manage to bake banana bread, stick to home work-outs, have a spotless home and all whilst learning a new language or skill! It’s important that we don’t beat ourselves up simply for surviving during a world-wide pandemic, so what if you haven’t stayed productive, baked a cake or completed an online course during lockdown? Looking after your mental health is more important than competing.
Nourish your body
Take-away’s and treats are okay every now and again, but too much of a good thing can not only make you feel sluggish and dehydrated, but it can be a hard habit to break once you fall into the routine of constant snacking and take-away’s for tea.
Eating fresh fruit and veg and staying hydrated will not only make you feel better, but getting your daily dose of vitamins and minerals can help your immune system fight off nasty coughs, colds and diseases. It can also help to combat SAD, which is common over the winter months when our exposure to sunlight rapidly decreases. So next time you’re temped to get a take-out, why not opt for some fresh whole foods instead?
Do gentle exercise everyday
No matter the time of day or where you do it, daily exercise can help to keep our mental health in check, not to mention get our heart rates up, keep the blood pumping and help our joints stay mobile to stop us feeling stiff. Just 15-60 minutes of gentle exercise a day will help you feel better, both mentally and physically, so what are you waiting for?!