Whilst we all knew that a return to Lockdown before the year was out, facing it again, this time, in winter, will trigger lots of different feelings for us all. As before it’s important that we look after ourselves and keep an eye out for friends, family and neighbours.
Here are our top tips for surviving Lockdown #2:
- Routine really helps us know where we are in the day or week, it orientates us so try to keep your day as normal as possible – get up and eat at your normal time. If you would have gone to the gym, do some exercise at home instead. If lockdown changes your life dramatically, create a new routine for yourself.
- Do some exercise. It’s great for your physical and mental health. It can be as simple as going for a walk or jog, playing with the kids in the garden, finding an online class or group or go for a cycle. Why not set yourself a challenge? You could do the Couch to 5K jogging challenge look here for more information. Take a look at the NHS website for guidance on what exercise is recommended. And for an amazing array of free to access classes or guides to exercise check out This Girl Can website and the Sport England Join the Movement website. Get inspired and try something new.
- Learn from experience – what helped you get through Lockdown #1? Staying connected to friends and family with regular video or phone calls, chatting with your neighbour, helping others, reading, decorating, using the time to declutter or get round to one of those projects that you’ve been putting off. As we enter into winter and the shorter, darker days, more rain and definitely cooler temperatures, don’t let this put you off from going outside just wrap up warm, you might be surprised how much you enjoy it.
- Eat well to stay well. Nutrition is important to keep us healthy and support our mood. A good mix of fruit and vegetables and complex carbohydrates supports the slow steady release of energy which helps sustain us. Eating foods high in sugar and caffeine gives big spikes and drops in energy. Take a look at our Heart of BS13 cookery and nutrition page to see films to get you cooking some simple, healthy, low cost meals.
- Ask for help – this is a difficult time for people who have lost income, lost work, are struggling to meet the household bills and put food on the table, are feeling anxious, lonely or isolated. Positive Minds is here for you and whilst we might not have all the answers, we will do our best to link you up with benefits support, debt support, mental health support and access to food.
- We appreciate it can feel difficult to ask for help, particularly if you are normally self-sufficient, but we really encourage you to ring for support before things start to pile up. The earlier you get help with a problem the easier it is to deal with. Phone Positive Minds on 0788 066 1239 Mon, Weds, Thurs or Fri or 0737 831 0079 Mon – weds. If we can’t help, we will do our best to find someone who can.