So lockdown 2 has begun. Or Jamanji level 11 2020 As I like to call it.
We have survived it once we can survive it again but this time with an added strength because we know that we can do it.
Since it was announced I was looking for clarification as to whether I would be able to stay open and offer support to those that are anxious about lockdown, I was going to offer online sessions anyway but I do have a lot of clients where they prefer face to face rather than online. I understand that. I also understand how this new lockdown could be a tipping point for many. It’s colder, so we are not so quick to go out and do our daily walk. The days are so much shorter, and that means that you sit down and overthink so much more. So the lockdown take a different shape this time around.
Anyway I was given the all clear to stay open with guidelines of course, but at least people will know that there is help out their for them if not from me, from one of my very capable friends. So don’t let this lockdown get into your head. You are in control of your thoughts so keep them positive ones.
I’ve put together tips to survive this lockdown below. Some are mine, some are ones that I thought were great suggestions from various websites. As long as they help you I’m happy.
- Keep to a routine – everyone is in unfamiliar territory with the current pandemic, so
keeping some normality and routine is vital. Try to get up and go to bed at your normal time.
Getting enough sleep, eating regularly and keeping hydrated will help optimise your health to
fight the bugs off. Children can be particularly sensitive to upheaval, so try and make their day
structured with set ground rules/boundaries, and stick to them.
- Variety is the spice of life – A variety of activities will help stave off any boredom, you
don’t have to just resort to box-sets and daytime TV. Gardening is a great activity, and fun to
do with kids. Giving it a good old clean up at this time of year is ideal and if the kids are helping all our creepy crawly friends are out in force. You don’t even have to have a garden, as many things can be grown easily on a window sill. Local garden centres are also offering free home delivery. Reading a book or keeping your mind active with puzzles/quizzes/crosswords etc. are easy activities to get
started with, and there are loads of activities available online, for adults and kids, that have
been made free during the lockdown. Why not try to learn a new language, a musical instrument
or broaden your horizons with a free opera broadcast?
- Regular Exercise & fresh air – exercise is often the first thing to go out of the window
when our daily routine is disrupted. 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 (high intensity interval training) 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 (maintaining your social distancing!).
If you are lucky enough to have your own garden or outside space make the most of it if the weather is nice. If you don’t, or if you struggle to get out, then open the window and let some fresh air in.
If it’s a clear night why not go out for a walk in the evening and do a bit of stargazing?
- Healthy eating – like exercise, when our routine is disrupted or we get stressed, eating
habits can go to pot. Try and eat regular meals. Avoid too much snacking, or if you do, try to
choose healthy snacks like nuts or fruit. Use it as an opportunity to get adventurous with
cooking, and learn some new culinary skills. If you have kids at home, baking or cooking is a fun
activity to do together and educational for them too. There are loads of recipes ideas online if
you need them.
- Limit social media & news feeds – it’s great to stay informed, but getting obsessive and
tuning in all the time can be detrimental. If you are finding your anxiety ramping up, try to stay
away and limit access to once a day. Also make sure you get your info from reputable sources,
have a healthy scepticism of anything you read online or on social media. If you are not sure,
look on official websites (NHS, Gov.uk) or ask your friendly GP (practice website or e-consult if
- Help neighbours – elderly, unwell, or immobile neighbours are going to be at greater risk
during this period. If you have time why not give them a call to check on how they are doing,
and if you are doing an essential shopping run ask them if they need anything. Many communities
are setting up formal volunteering groups which you could get involved in.
- Stay connected, make the most of technology – we are fortunate to live in an age
where there is a huge number of ways to keep connected. Just because you are in isolation
doesn’t mean you can’t keep in contact via telephone or video call. Many methods offer group
chats/calls so you can get the extended family all together, or your kids can keep in contact
with their friends. Facetime, Skype, WhatsApp, Zoom are a good starting point.
- Support local businesses – restaurants, bars and shops are going to take a big hit in the
coming weeks, and without support may struggle to keep afloat. If they continue to offer home
delivery or takeaway why not treat yourself now and again and support your local community.
We will miss them when they are gone if we don’t!
- Look after you mental health – as mentioned already, routine, exercise and avoiding too
much social media/news can all help safeguard your mental health. However, if you are starting
to struggle there is help out there for you. Calm and Headspace are great resources for
anxiety which usually need a subscription but currently are offering free content. Your GP can
also help or signpost you if needed, and there are many other charitable organisations that
offer support online or by telephone*.
- Relax, give yourself a break – particularly relevant if you are trying to juggle working
from home I would hope that most employers will be supportive and understand that productivity just isn’t going to be the same in the current situation. So cut yourself some slack and don’t put yourself under too much pressure – everyone needs a bit of me time and a break.
And finally…remember this isn’t going to last forever. Stay safe, be kind and supportive to
each other and we will come out of this stronger.
Until next week, or possibly the week after
Have a great week or two.
Take care and stay safe.
Hypnotherapy in Suffolk, Essex and Cambridge. and online via Zoom