Helpful tips for coping with Lockdown.
So I've decided....
to hop on the bandwagon and throw my two cents in on what I personally feel are great things to help cope with lockdown.
But first, in the spirit of always being transparent with you, I wanna say – I have not been one of those people who has been sailing right through all of this. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for me. Some days are easy and kinda fun and some are harder and filled with anxiety. Some days I feel extremely productive and some I feel like I wanna just veg out all day. Nothing wrong with any of these days, I say. We’re all human and we’re gonna feel what we feel.
So here we go…
Creating an outdoor space
When we started this lockdown I realized real fast I hated being inside all day. I’m a sun baby and I need sunlight on my skin every day or I’m not myself. I’m not saying I need to layout and get crispy but I need to step outside at least once a day or sit by the window for a bit under the sun.
So I knew I needed to quickly find a safe way to do this. Fortunately, where I am I have a backyard with trees and a lot of space so I got creative. I got a hammock on amazon for the deck and swings for the trees and lights to illuminate them at night and just add another area of the house to be able to escape and have more fun.
Now I know a lot of you are in apartments so this isn’t an option but if you have a window I would say move your desk next to it or put a chair next to it. Rearranging the furniture is 100% ok right now. Make your window your backyard. Whatever you need to do to have a closer connection with the sun and breeze daily right now is a game-changer in coping with the lockdown. It will help with your state of mind, sleep patterns, and it just all around feels good to be warmed by the sun a few minutes a day. Just don’t forget that sunblock!
"For fast-acting relief, try slowing down".
Now, this is something I never thought in a trillion years I would be talking about. I’ve never been one for meditation and always felt it wasn’t my jam. But with Corona virus out there swirling around and all this negative news in our face everywhere we look – I tried it out and I see what all the hype is about now.
Here are a few apps I recommend checking out …..Insight Timer, Headspace, Calm, Waking Up.. or you can always hop on youtube for tons of other options. I started with ten minutes a day and that alone was a challenge for me. So I’d prob recommend starting with that. Also, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t love it at first and don’t immediately put meditation in your top morning rituals. For me, it took some getting used to so be patient and give it a solid chance. What better time to slow down and get more present than now?
Now, of course, this seems like a no-brainer but I’m not just talking about opening the platform and watching it. I’m talking about choosing wisely.
When I first started binge-watching I was watching “The Wire” which is a crime drama about the inner workings of the drug world. Pretty heavy stuff and definitely very negative.
I very soon realized I didn’t need more negative stuff in my brain right now and so I took a deeper look at what I was watching, reading and following. Right now a lot of us are experiencing a lot of anxiety and some of us don’t even know it. So watching heavy shows might not be the best idea. I’d recommend: comedy, chick flicks, romance, action movies, etc. This goes for social media and (audio) books too. I’m not saying its all bad all the time. I’m just saying maybe take a look at what you’re focusing your attention on. For me, I couldn’t handle more heavy stuff so I adjusted my binge-watching to more upbeat light-hearted content.
Ok now, I am by no means a fancy cook. I’m a simple cook at best. But obviously we are all suddenly finding ourselves cooking most of our meals. So now I’m like a full-time chef.
Which at first, I hated. I remember the first week of handling quarantine I ate literally just junk. Don’t judge, I was stressed and thought it would last a week or two so I used the excuse to be lazy and indulge. But then as week 2 rolled around I realized I felt physically and mentally drained.
I’m not saying we should go off the deep end and only eat clean. To me, there is some value in the occasional ice cream binge right now. I’m all about enjoying simple pleasures right now and if that looks like a candy bar (once in a while) for you then so be it. But what I am saying is try to make it like 80% healthy stuff. Not to lose weight or any of that fancy jazz but so that you just feel better, your immune system is ok, you’re sleeping ok and you’re able to mentally feel good.
That week I ate junk all week I felt so sluggish and sorta down in the dumps mentally and I think right now we need all the help we can get towards staying in a positive mindset. That’s why eating mostly decently healthy food is going to boost those vibes for sure. So just think about that as you choose your meals throughout the day.
Going for drives
Now I know I might get a lot of flack for this one since it’s not completely just staying home. But I love a long drive. Preferably somewhere to nature or ocean. You don’t even need to get out of the car. I like to bring snacks with me and maybe go for a picnic (once I’m in an area without people of course) or I just eat snacks in the car if I can’t find a place without people.
I don’t know why, but there is something great about driving with your favorite song blasting and all the windows down and the breeze in your hair. It’s like an instant mood booster for me. Just don’t forget your gloves and mask in case you need to stop for gas or, god forbid, use a public bathroom. yuck! (Top tip: Don’t drink coffee before or during the drive and don’t forget to use the bathroom before).
Well, that’s all I got. I hope everyone is healthy and happy out there.