How each of us will lead with a second lockdown is different. This time has been so challenging for all of us in so many different ways. Always do what feels right for you at that moment. It’s important to listen to your body and satisfy your needs.
While taking care of us and others by staying at home, we should not forget about some practices that can help us keep us healthy physically and mentally.
We as humans are very social, and staying at home for a long period of time can cause some damage to our well being. This has been taken into consideration on the rules for England and you can meet one person from outside your household in an outdoor public space. Children under five don't count. Read more about the lockdown measures here.
I will share with you some tips that worked for me, and also could help you.
1. Plan your routine on the day before.
Write on a piece of paper what time you will wake up, which activities you would like to do, what are you planning to cook and eat, etc. Sometimes things don’t go according to schedule, but you will find out that this helps you stay focus on your objectives. If things don’t go according to plan, don’t stress about it and plan the next day.
2. Try something new
It could be trying new recipes, a new workout online videos, yoga, dancing, singing or you could engage on a DYI project. Think about something you wanted to do for a long time and never had time for it. But now is the time. I found some time to decorate my house and try new recipes. Have a look at some nutritious recipes in my blog here.
3. Do a gratitude diary or journalling
I’m a fan of the app @gratitude where I register daily 3 things that I’m grateful for. This has helped my mind having positive thoughts and improving my mood. Journalling can also help you clear your mind, you can write your worries and all your thoughts. You can try the app by downloading it here.
4. Keep in touch with family and friends
Use video conferencing and spend some quality time with your family and friends. I know is not the same as face to face, but you can still laugh together and have a great time. You can also reach those friends which you haven’t talked for a long time, perhaps because you were too busy before but now you have time. We started a whats app group with friends from college and it has been fun chatting and remembering old memories.
5. Keep active.
This one could be challenging if you are used to going to the gym or doing activities in a group. But it’s fundamental to do at least 20 min of some form of activity a day. There are so many great videos on youtube of workouts or yoga. I’m a fan of Yoga with Adrienne on you tube. Have a look at her channel here. And also going for a run every other day while listening to the music of a podcast or a walk with my neighbour friend. If you need motivation to exercise, I wrote a blog post to help you, read it here.
I would like to hear from you, how are you dealing with a second lockdown in the UK. What are your biggest struggles and challenges.
I hope you found some helpful tips on this post. But always remember just you know how to deal best with this situation. Listen to your body and stay healthy.
Registered UK Dietitian
MSc Clinical Nutrition
Founder of Your Diet Advice
Hi, I'm Joana, a Portuguese registered dietitian in the UK. I am passionate about helping others achieving their health goals.