The last few months have been a rollercoaster for so many people, with millions dealing with grief, stress, job losses and isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. As we enter into a third lockdown for the foreseeable few months, it's definitely heightened the gloom of the season - Winter can be tough for many people even in normal times. We've shared a list of small day-to-day things you can do to help keep positive during these testing time:
Get a routine
With so much out of our control during this time, it's important to concentrate on the small things we can control around us to help keep some normality and routine to our lives. Creating a routine you can complete daily, whether it's sorting out a cupboard, starting a fitness regime or calling a loved one is a great way to feel productive whilst at home. Write these things down and take satisfaction in crossing them off your list! In particular, making a weekly time sequel to video or phone call family and friends really helps to break up the week and stay connected with others.
With gyms shut and exercise classes moved to Zoom, the temptation to do nothing can be strong, but we must try to resist this. Exercise not only keeps us physically well but is also a great way to de-stress and protect our mental health. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, if you are stuck indoors there are lots of HIIT sessions you can do quickly, or do something simple like walking up and down the stairs a few times. Anything is better than nothing. If you can get outside even better, 30 minutes of a brisk walk/run/bike is plenty. Joe Wicks has started up the ‘The Body Coach’ again, offering a regular 30 minute PE class every day on YouTube, which is popular with kids and adults! Alternatively, if you're after some gentle stretching, Yoga with Adriene is a popular yoga channel that has perfect beginner classes to help with everything from desk posture to sleep.
Get fresh air
Working from home during lockdown and winter can make it hard to get out in time to enjoy the daylight. I'm sure we've all had those days when we realise we've not left the house at all!. Make sure to get out of the house before work or during your lunch break to get some fresh air and soak up some vitamin D. An evening stroll can be lovely after work too, and it's the perfect time to listen to an audible book or podcast whilst on the move!
Monitor how much time you spend on social media and reading the news; don’t be a 24/7 news junkie. Reading is a great way to escape the current crisis, fiction or nonfiction, can be such a wonderful release. Music Magpie is a fantastic website to order preloved books from or if you’d prefer to listen to a book, check out audible books.
Start a project!
This can be anything from signing up to an online course, deciding to upholster some old furniture or learning some new cooking skills. Starting something new and exciting is the best way to help the time pass and feel a sense of accomplishment from the comfort of your home, find something you're passionate about and get stuck in! Reed has some amazing courses you can take at your own pace, from health and nutrition to IT and excel master classes. Another great platform to start learning from is SkillShare, learn from the pro’s of marketing, film making and much more. If you need some inspiration for a home do-up, check out Pinterest to find some DIY demos for upholstering.
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