To help us improve and focus on well being during the lockdown and social distancing, I have listed down 10 ways that have helped me personally to cope with this lockdown.
- Do something creative.
Activities or hobbies can keep you distracted (If you have seen me distracted – Blame it on to these), But on a serious note, these do have a positive impact on your sense of mental health and well being! It can help increase your confidence and self-esteem. This could be building something, running, dancing, playing an instrument, gardening, art, doing a puzzle, painting, cooking, writing, etc.
2. Invest time in relationships
Connecting with people and investing in good relationships are important for your well being. Use this time to rekindle relationships! Get in touch with people whom you love, trust, or feel good around but haven’t really been in touch! So break that ice or heat bubble, because it’s summer! Give them a call, send them a message, or connect with them on social media.
3. Focus on Keeping active
We all need to try to be physically active and spot walking can help almost everyone to do this. Do a musical walk at home or On the spot walking So choose your best 3 songs and get started to do spot walking! It comes in just 15 minutes! This is the most important thing in lockdown.
Mindfulness can help you feel better and reduce stress. It is easy to fit into your day. You can do it one minute at a time! So sit down and breathe!
5. Sit down and scribble the stress away
This may come as a surprise, but writing has been proven to help heal not only your mind but your body too! From managing emotions to physical ailments, venting your feelings through creative writing has shown a large connection between the body and mind.
Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself! Write about how are you truly feeling for 10 minutes. The only condition is: do not stop writing. You must try not to think too much. Do not censor your writing, and don’t pause to make structured thoughts. It does not matter if your writing is grammatically correct, or neat. Just go ahead and write down!
Then sit back and read what you wrote. You may find something that’s bothering you, but you didn’t notice it was inside you, realize an action you wish to take, or at very least, just feel more relaxed from venting your feelings. You will hopefully feel better after this!
6. Stay Hydrated Mindfully
Drinking water mindfully (focus on the action of drinking to appreciate re-hydrating your body) for 2 minutes, every hour is a simple act that we can do to keep yourself calm. Water is capable of calming and grounding your mental state. As the human body is 70% water, it needs a regular supply to function properly. Pour a glass of water and observe how the water looks in the glass Take a sip and hold it in your mouth. Notice the feel and temperature of the liquid. Swallow the water with intent and feel the sensations in your throat. This changes the habitual act into a mindful and meditative experience.
7. Make Gratitude your daily task
Let’s focus on some little things that added glitter to your today and you are thankful for! List down five things daily that you are thankful for before going to bed!
8. Stay close to nature
Get some fresh air daily, if you cannot go out because of the lockdown stand near your window and sip your favorite drink! Get some sunshine daily and do some kind of grounding activities. You can also do some gardening that help you is staying close of nature.
9. Limit your social media intake
Avoid continuous refreshing of news feeds! Stop being available online all the time. Go on a digital detox. Remember consume only what good for you!
10. Stick to a daily routine that is relaxing and not rushing
Whether you are working from home or adjusting to lockdown life within your 4 walls, it’s important to maintain a routine. Starting off your day just by getting up as soon as your alarm goes off and making your bed can help to set you up for a successful day. Waking up at a consistent time every morning and sleeping at the same time encourages productivity to get started on your to-do-list for the day.
Remember – We are all in this together! For informal support do join Make it happen group community!