With the nationwide lockdown currently in place, we’re all facing a vital period of isolation. Here, we explore five ways you can stay positive and boost your wellbeing during this time.
Create a to do list
It’s worth thinking about some things you’d like to do that you may not usually have time for. This could be anything, from starting an online learning course to completing that half-finished renovation project. The key to creating your to-do list is to come up with SMART goals. This stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based. A goal such as ‘paint all four walls in my second bedroom by the end of next weekend’ is a smart goal as it can realistically be achieved and has a set time in which to do it by. Having a simple to-do list will give you a sense of purpose and achievement as you tick things off.
Enjoy some ‘me time’
Having some things to do is a good way to create structure in your day, but don’t feel guilty about indulging in some ‘me’ time. In fact, taking some time out to relax is just as important as keeping busy, as it will help to relieve stress and ultimately make you feel calmer. Do things that make you happy, such as reading a good book, taking a long bath or watching your favourite feel good TV show. Add these into your day at sensible times, as it’s important to try and maintain a routine. Go to bed and wake up at similar times each day, set aside time to exercise, time to relax, time to eat etc and this should have positive impacts on your overall wellbeing.
Make a post-isolation bucket list
Have a think about some things you’d like to do or achieve once the isolation period has ended, as this will give you some fun things to look forward to. While you may be daydreaming of huge life goals like a 3-month trek through the Amazon, try to have a mix of large long-term goals and smaller goals that can be achieved in a smaller timeframe. For instance, you may include simple things such as country walks with your family and pub lunches with friends. Your list could also include key purchases, such as getting your dream new car from a company like ZenAuto, or making big home improvements like a new bathroom or kitchen that will add value to your property.
Do regular exercise
With gyms and leisure centres shut, you may not be able to do the exercise routine your used to. But there are loads of great workouts you can do from the comfort of your living room or bedroom. For example, many bodyweight workouts can be completed in a very small space, through exercises like running on the spot, squats, sit ups and lunges. Not only will these keep you fit and healthy, but also boost your mood. This is because exercise releases endorphins – a chemical in the brain that reduces stress and gives you a happy, positive feeling.
Reach out to loved ones
You may not be able to visit your nearest and dearest at the minute, so it’s important to stay in touch in other ways. Luckily, we’re living in a time where we can catch up with friends and family on online video chat – so utilise the tech at your fingertips! Video apps are a great way to stay connected to your loved ones, whether that’s a quick catch up at the end of the day or doing a virtual pub quiz with friends. If you don’t already have one, you could also set up a group chat for your family members where you can send each other quick text updates.
Hopefully, following these tips will help you to stay positive in isolation. And remember, we’re all in this together!