14 practical ways to look after your body and mind during coronavirus lockdown
Views on the current lockdown seem to be mixed depending on the people we speak to. Some appear to be thriving in the current conditions whilst others are falling into a state of loneliness and depression.
Whilst we understand that everybody is different and certain people enjoy being alone more than others, in the current climate it is very easy to slip from one state of mind to the other. You may even find that this changes for yourself by the day.
We have collated our top tips for the most effective strategies in upholding positive mindfulness through these uncertain times.
1. Daily exercise. Whether it is a walk, run, bike ride or home workout, exercise is one of the most important areas to focus on for mental wellbeing and physical health. It will also improve insulin sensitivity and boost weight loss. Find out more about how different exercise types may impact blood glucose levels here.
2. Separate your working day from your down time. This can be done through daily exercise, reading, calling a friend, etc. It is important to separate your days so you can ‘switch off’ from the stresses of work.
3. Use the best of the internet to find lots of free tools to help you to develop. For example, fitness classes on YouTube, inspirational talks on Ted Talks, or learning a new language on Duolingo.
4. Read books and not the news/social media.
5. Watch your diet. Boredom and loneliness can both lead to unnecessary eating. It is important to be aware of this, especially for your blood glucose levels.
6. Sleep! Get an early night and reap the rewards of a good nights sleep.
7. Listen to music and switch off.
8. Have a spring clean. There’s never been a better time!
9. Be aware of your environment. Let as much natural light into your home as possible. Have plants and flowers on display allow fresh air in to help clear the mind.
10. Order your repeat prescriptions via email, phone or online and remove the anxiety of leaving the house for this.
11. Connect with people you would normally spend time with, technology has made this easy.
12. Get in touch with someone you have lost contact with,
13. Use the extra time to develop a skill. Learn a language, listen to podcasts, do puzzles, practice yoga.
14. Set yourself a challenge. E.g. couch to 5k or Diabetes UK one million step challenge.
We have no control over the lockdown and the current situations we face. However, we do have control of our actions during these times.
Who knows, you could even use these tough times as an opportunity to grow and change your life for the better.