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It’s January and it’s a bumpy start for 2021: once again, us in the UK found ourselves in lockdown number 3. There’s nothing we can do about it, if we are stuck at home with all the homeschooling and working from home. It’s just as depressing as for those in the front line working in the hospitals, delivering food to and from the supermarkets and collecting the bins. These are hard times for all of us, we just have to get trough them.
For us stuck at home I have a few ideas though how to try to make this winter lockdown a bit more bearable. But I think these will be great for those who just simply want to beat the winter blues. And no surprise here: it will all about practicing self-care.
Eat healthy but allow yourself a treat too
Eating healthy and nourishing food not only good for your body but also good for your mind: the food you eat has an impact on your mental health. Improving your diet may help to improve your mood, give you more energy and help you think more clearly. So eat regularly: smaller amount and choose foods that release energy slowly will help to keep your sugar levels steady. Apart from that, don’t forget to about hydration and keep your caffeine and alcohol intake under control. And every now and then – don’t deny a treat from yourself.
Wear what you makes you feel good
Even if you stuck at home, you don’t need to spend the days in pyjamas – unless you want to. Wear whatever makes you feel good. Some people prefers to get dressed up and put make up on for the normality and it gets them ready for the day whilst others like comfy lounge clothes or these mens slipper boots because for a little extra cosiness. I think there is no right or wrong!
Go for a walk
Exercise is important, best to do it daily and why not combine it with a walk to get some fresh air? Even if it’s raining or cold: get out for a half an hour walk every day. Even just short walk can increase happiness, attentiveness and confidence. It boosts energy and mood, enhances cognitive functioning, helps to manage stress and helps you to refocus.
Time for home improvements
I think I’m not alone getting into some basic DIY projects, getting some plants and refreshing home decoration. Looking at the same room every day does make the scenery a bit boring. So if you feel like painting a feature wall, creating a gallery wall, changing those curtains you wanted to change for a year – the time is now. Go for it and you might even pick up a new skill or hobby!
Allow yourself to relax
Just because we are at home most of the time, it doesn’t mean we’re doing nothing. In fact we tend to fill up the time we gain because we don’t have to commute with other jobs. If you work from home and homeschool, allow yourself proper breaks during the break and try to do something just for yourself every day. This can be a hot bath, reading a book, watching funny videos – whatever, just allow yourself to have a break and relax.