As we head into our second week of lockdown, I’ve been looking back on how I’ve handled the first 7 days of isolation. Some things I’ve done an awesome job with, like staying active and continuing my workouts, and I’m proud of that. But I know it’s also been really hard for me, at times, to feel anything other than sadness and anxiety about the tragic situation the world has found itself in.
I know this is only normal and a natural reaction to such uncertain times. And I know I’m not alone in the way I feel. I know I can’t control much right now, but I can control how I react to this situation. .
So this week, I will put my mental health first and make sure I do my bit to stay healthy in every way possible.
💕You too must realise your feelings are normal. This will pass and we will all come out stronger 💕
Here’s some of the things I’ll be doing this week, and you can too, to make sure we stay positive;
✨Take regular social media and news breaks - as important as it is to stay up to date, it’s just as important to take a break.
✨Make the most of your one exercise allowance a day, get outside for some sun, enjoy the fresh air and reset your mind
✨Phone a friend. Isolation is super tough and the lack of social interaction can be extremely taxing on mental health. Give your friend a call, Skype a colleague, zoom in on your favourite workout - make the effort to stay socially active
✨Stick to routine. It doesn’t have to be strict but try setting yourself fixed waking, sleeping and meal times and follow your usual routine as much as possible
✨Get mindful - appreciate the moment and project gratitude. The app Headspace is a great way to give this a go
✨Music - this is one of my must-do’s. Listening to some awesome songs always lifts my mood!
✨Read - fiction or fact it will help the mind relax, escape and unwind
✨Do something you know will have a positive impact on another person. Now more than ever, we need to support each other.
Set yourself targets for these efforts every single day. Yes, exercise and physical activity are super important right now but so is your mentality.
💥DONT SKIP ON MENTAL HEALTH💥