10 Top Tips for a Healthy Lockdown Routine
Getting into a positive state of mind and a good routine from the get-go will really help you and your family during quarantine.
Countries worldwide are moving into lockdown. When you suddenly find your freedom limited, it can be tough to stay positive. This article will help you get into an optimistic frame of mind from the get-go.
What is lockdown or quarantine?
Lockdown or quarantine is when the government orders citizens to stay at home. In Spain, this comes with a few exceptions, like a single adult going to the supermarket, or visiting the doctor. The authorities are patrolling and there are fines if you disobey the strict rules.
Are people really doing it?
Absolutely. People had different initial reactions. Some were afraid and willingly self-isolated. Others were rebellious and took a few days to get their heads around it. But now, staying at home has become a duty. It’s what we’re doing for the greater good and to hopefully get this over with as soon as possible.
How do people feel?
It’s been quite a bumpy ride for everyone I know. In this article, I’ll share a couple of things that I’ve learned about attitude. I hope that they will help you move into a quarantine routine more smoothly than I did.Check out this article to help you develop a positive approach to quarantine t.ly/AL3AX #covid #xl8 Click To Tweet
Good physical health in lockdown
This is the easiest place to start. Here are my top tips for looking after yourself and your family physically.
I’m used to doing a 10-km run on the beach or a hike in the mountains on a regular basis. The physical impact of being caged in my house is a sort of pain. With a bit of creativity, though, you can come up with options to exercise in the space you have, using props like skipping ropes or apps like YouTube. Online shopping remains an option, so consider getting some equipment in. It’s easy to get complacent and feel like it isn’t worth it. Fight that feeling for the good of everyone in your household and be their motivator. If you exercise every day as a family, you’ll all feel better together.
2. Eat as normal or go on a diet
The opportunities to gain weight during quarantine are with you 24-7. Don’t buy junk to tempt you. Avoid drowning your sorrows in ice cream. Forget about treating your children using chocolate. Eat as normal or cut down on your calorie intake. You’ll feel better for it. The last thing you need is to come out of quarantine obese and with diabetes.
3. Early to bed and early to rise
Some days, you won’t feel like getting out of bed. Do. Too much sleep is depressing. Your body clock will be thrown off by the life change in any case. If you get up nice and early then you’ll feel proud of yourself and the world will look brighter. Do some sunrise yoga or something equally as uplifting.
4. Limit your alcohol
It’s tempting to drown your sorrows or have a bottle of wine with a friend over Skype. If, like me, you’re partial to those sorts of activities, don’t start drinking every day. Quite simply, you’ll get depressed. It’s also a slippery slope towards a bad habit that will stay with you long after quarantine comes to an end.
5. Give up smoking and any other habits you want to change
Quarantine is a routine change, which makes it a great opportunity to change your habits. If you incorporate smoking into your new routine, then you’ll be even worse by the time it comes to an end. If you want to quit, then this new routine is an opportunity because you’ll be able to avoid many of your triggers.
Good mental health in lockdown
This is the harder area because everyone’s mind works differently and it’s tough to take control of your own brain. Personally, I tend to have quite a lot of mood swings. One minute I feel positive and the next, I may be in tears. For many of us, financial concerns will be weighing heavily and that doesn’t help when it comes to trying to stay calm.
1. Talk to people
On about day three of lockdown, I realised that talking to people, anyone, made me feel better. This was quite a revelation because I don’t think of myself as particularly social. I’ve started having regular conversations with translators from different countries. I’ve spoken to some of my clients on the phone and I’ve caught up with old friends and family members that I haven’t talked to in ages.
This isn’t about phoning your close family, which is a given. It’s about socialising as you would in a normal day. Smile at the person you pass at a distance in the street. Make a comment to the cashier at the supermarket. Keep making everyday communications.
For me, speaking to my clients hasn’t been about marketing my business. It’s been about reminding each other that we all share the same worries and concerns. There are so many people in our lives beyond our immediate family and close friends. Keep those people in your life during quarantine because you help each other feel normal and happy.
Remember that your kids also need this and encourage them to chat with the people they’d meet in a normal day, using an online app.
2. Suck it up and focus on building a new routine from day one
You’re in quarantine and the sooner you accept that, the better you and those around you will be. I’m used to working from home and am extremely disciplined and productive. But my productivity dropped in the first week of lockdown. This was partly owing to distractions, but it was also about life having changed and me not liking it very much.
Lockdown is likely to go on for a while. This means that the routine that you develop in this first week may dictate what you’ll do for the coming months. Behave like the person that you want to be in this new temporary life. Be the person that you’d like to be shut in with.
3. Be kind to the people in your home
Remember that the others in your home are all experiencing the same emotions as you. If somebody is in a good mood, then don’t bring them down. Keep asking everyone how they’re feeling and how their day is going. It’s easy to be with someone all day and not interact with them, or make them feel worse. Remember that you’re each other’s first line of support and bring positivity if you want to receive it.
4. Take action rather than worrying
Many of us are fearful for our jobs and businesses. Rather than sitting around worrying, it’s best to use this time productively and work through your long-term to-do list.
If, like me, you have your own business, then think about improving your marketing. Perhaps you’d like to do some training or launch new products or services. If you’ve been meaning to change jobs for a while, here’s your chance to update that CV and do a course.
If you have stable work, then focus on all those DIY jobs around the house rather than turning to the TV. A friend of mine found a renowned chef offering free cooking classes on Instagram. Whatever your interests are, lose yourself in those. Using your time in a way that improves your life will make you feel as though your day hasn’t been wasted.
5. Stay at home
Nobody wants to be quarantined, but once we are, everybody needs to cooperate to make lockdown effective. If your government is asking you to stay at home then do what they say. If we all do this then we’ll all get out of it sooner.
Stay well and fight to stay positive!