Self-care during lockdown – looking after your mental wellbeing from home
We’ve all faced radical changes to our everyday life. Self-isolation and social distancing and the inevitable upheaval this has caused to our daily life is perhaps the most challenging of all.
However – as with all changes in life – there are certain steps we can take to look after our mental wellbeing so that we make this transition a little easier for ourselves
Below, we’ve compiled some tips to help you structure your time during quarantine.
Create a daily schedule
It’s easy to feel unmotivated without any clear structure which is why it’s important that you create some kind of routine during lockdown.
Creating your own daily (or weekly) schedule is going to help you keep active and busy, and find better balance during your days.
As tempting as it might be to sleep in, try and set your alarm for a regular time each day and keep to a similar kind of routine you followed before lockdown e.g. writing in your journal, a morning meditation, showering, changing out of your pj’s etc.
Maintaining a distinction between work and home life is going to help you stay self-motivated and productive.
Embrace the extra time
There’s no doubt we all have a lot more time on our hands. One of the best things about this is that we now have the luxury to fully savour daily activities we might have taken for granted, embracing a different kind of rhythm in our daily lives.
From preparing and enjoying a nutritious breakfast in the morning to breaking with a cup of tea and a good book, we can allow ourselves the time to live life at a more gentle pace.
If the thought of all this extra time feels overwhelming, consider dedicating it to a specific pastime or – better yet – using it to learn something new. There are plenty of online courses, as well as shorter tutorials for arts and crafts. Catching up on a favourite series or book can also offer some light relief.
Take care of your body
In the same way that we want to be looking after our mental wellbeing, we also want to be nourishing our body during this time. Stuck indoors, it’s all too easy to drift into a state of lethargy and idleness. Exercising from home is going to help you keep active and engaged, and there are all kinds of different videos online to suit your mood and fitness level.
Eating habits are also really important. Planning ahead and cooking meals during the day can help provide you with structure whilst ensuring you’re eating healthily.
Support your mental health
Supporting your mental health is crucial during lockdown, especially if you’re self-isolating alone. This is a stressful time for all of us so it’s important that we find ways to relax and unwind.
Meditation and grounding techniques can be helpful, and there are plenty of online guides.
Keeping a diary and writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you identify any unhelpful thoughts and feelings, and also understand what triggers them.
If you’re someone who already struggles with anxiety day-to-day, set a limit on how much time you’re spending on social media and the news – as both can be especially triggering at the moment.
Maintain as much connection with family and friends as possible. Sharing your experiences is going to help you make sense of what you’re going through and ensure you feel supported and connected.
Making plans in advance can give you something to look forward to during the week. Get creative and schedule different kinds of activities to do together e.g. watching a film, playing a game, sharing some wine etc. Or use this time to meet new people by joining an online community.