Surviving the Lockdown.
Updated: Apr 27, 2020
These are unprecedented times. Below are suggestions that could help you navigate the lockdown. Do the best you can!
Create a daily schedule and keep to it! Creating a bit of control during these uncertain times can help you cope better when anxious. TIP: you can use alarms to remind yourself!
Sleep hygiene is very important. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Natural light can help regulate sleeping patterns. Create a bedtime routine (e.g. before sleep you can take a relaxing shower or bath, brush your teeth, read/listen to music – Calm/Headspace Apps)
Food: A balanced diet is important during lockdown. We might be tempted to use food to self-soothe. That’s ok, just don’t overdo it by making it a habit (try snacking on fruit).
Most of us are working from home so we might be tempted to never change from our loungewear. Now it’s more important than ever to be able to separate work life from private life. When your office moves into your home, creating boundaries is essential to maintaining your mental health. Don’t let work “invade” your home. If you’re lucky and have enough space you can use a room as an office and can close the door on work at the end of the day. If you don’t have that, create a space (a corner) in your home just for work. At the end of the workday, you can change into your loungewear and so signal your brain that you are now home.
Move your body as often as possible. Exercise and incorporate this into your daily routine. You don’t need hardcore training sessions; just be aware of how much time you now spend sitting or lying down and how much you move.
Connect with yourself and others
Call/Skype/Zoom/ WhatsApp/FaceTime family and friends. Stay connected to people you care about and who care for you. Connect with yourself by journaling, drawing, doodling, singing, dancing, etc. Be creative when connecting with your thoughts and feelings.
Hobbies are a great way of bringing pleasure into your day. Play with family and friends (try some online group games). Find activities that bring you joy.
Making meaning of this experience is important. Think of something you would like to achieve by the end of the lockdown. Make this time count! (learn something new, connect with someone you haven’t talked to in a while, forgive, work on your relationship, etc.)
Please be realistic and kind to yourself when setting goals! Do the best you can!