How I’m navigating the UK lockdown

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Oh guys, what a bizarre time the world is currently finding itself in. I can’t even begin to put into words or articulate any thoughts around it, my mind draws up a blank. It's just very surreal, I never thought in my lifetime I would be living through a major historical event. I sincerely hope you’re doing ok, you're safe and healthy and that adapting to this temporary new normal isn’t taking too much of a toll.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve tried to consistently have a positive mindset. This doesn’t mean I am being ignorant to the severity of the situation we currently are finding ourselves in, I’m up to date enough without bombarding myself too much with what’s going on - there’s only so much one person can handle in this kind of situation. I’m keeping safe, I’m staying in, I’m working from home and I’m following the advice given by the government. The sooner we ALL do, the sooner this nightmare will be over. I’ve also put measures in place to ensure I don’t spiral, I thought I’d share how I’ve been coping with the UK lockdown and how doing the below things has helped me:

  • Less social media/muting chats
I feel like this ones a biggie. Spending too much time on social media isn’t great anyway but while we’re currently in the middle of a pandemic, it’s hard to get away from everyone talking about it. I get that it’s only natural people will want to talk about it, we’re all experiencing this for the first time. I totally get why people are talking about it, it’s also another way of coping with whats going on, I personally don’t want to. 

  • Keeping a routine
I’ve always kept a routine, that’s how I manage to make the most of my days and do all the stuff that I do. But I think when we're stuck inside, the days blending into one another, it’s good to keep a routine still. Get up around the same time each day, shower and get dressed, even if it’s into sweats or loungewear. Set yourself a mini goal, be it reading a chapter of a book or putting on a wash. As well as getting up at the same time, also go to bed at around the same time. However, don’t beat yourself up if there’s somedays you just want to stay in bed/lounge on the sofa binging Netflix - it’s all about balance. 

  • Exercise
I love to exercise, before COVID-19 I went to the gym 4 times a week, saw a PT weekly and went to pole class 1-2 times a week. I love being active and I was enjoying getting my body strong. Since staying indoors, I’ve curated a little space in my tiny flat and made a home gym. After I finish work I do a half an hour online HITT class and then an arms or a legs session. With being stuck inside and not moving around as much, that hour a day I spend working out really does wonders for my MH. 

  • limiting news / getting news only from reliable sources/ignoring "fake news"
I touched upon this in my intro paragraph but for me, this one is quite important. I’ve limited myself to looking at the news daily, listening to the PM daily updates and getting info from WHO. I’ve seen a lot of incorrect info shared and it’s easy to get sucked into the scaremongering. If it’s not from somewhere reliable I won’t be paying attention to it.

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  • Keeping in touch with friends and family virtually 
I’ve really been enjoying FaceTiming friends and family. With not being able to interact and see them IRL, it’s good to video chat. Even with work we have been doing daily video chats and it helps not to feel as isolated. 

  • Don’t succumb to pressure of having to do all  ~ stuff ~
I’ve seen a lot of things shared online where we should be using this time to learn a new language, a skill, get our shit together get super buff X, Y and Z which if you want to use your time to do that, that’s great. But if you’re currently just trying to get through each day that’s also ok. Do whatever makes you happy and helps you get through this very strange time. It’s ok not to be doing any of those things. I keep busy as a way of coping, find whatever gives you a little bit of happiness, even if thats curled up in a super cosy blanket binging your fave series. 

  • Making a list of what I’m looking forward to
Like everyone else, I’ve had a lot of stuff moved or cancelled which suxxx but I totally understand why it had to be done. I’d made a ton of plans this year but once we’re out of the other side of what’s going on, it's going to feel amazing being able to enjoy all the things I’ve taken for granted. I’ve made a list of things I’m looking forward to doing once its safe to go out.

  • Dancing around to silly music
This is something I do anyway when I’m feeling particularly low. I put on my fave songs and dance around, the sillier the better. It helps to lift my sprits. Sometimes, even James joins in too!

  • Creating a happy playlist
I feel like this goes hand in hand with the above point, but creating a feel good playlist really can help lift your spirits, for me it’s Paramore, Paramore and more Paramore lol with a ton of pop-punk and nostalgic bangers I loved when I was younger that I still love now.

  • Acknowledging how I feel
I’ve been doing ok since the pandemic, I’ve tried to keep positive but also I’ve acknowledged how I’ve been feeling too. I’ve been stressed with work, felt uncertain and had touches of anxiety. It’s important to acknowledge how we're feeling and not ignore them. Our feelings are valid, no matter what they are.

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