I think I speak for a lot of people when I say 2020 has not been what we thought it would be. In January, I started living in a temporary apartment and at the time, all I was thinking about was how stressful the whole leak situation was, little did I know, down the line that the leak was going to be the least of my worries.
In March 2020, the whole country went into lockdown due to COVID19. When the lockdown restrictions were introduced, the situation was so new and so raw, it made things confusing, frustrating and terrifying. A lot of people missed their family and friends. A lot of people struggled mentally. Fast forward 3 months and there was a glimpse of hope when the lockdown restrictions started to ease. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for the restrictions to be introduced again.
As we are heading into another nationwide lockdown on Thursday, I am going to share five things that helped me get through the first lockdown; to help feel less restricted.
Just because you can’t go out for date night doesn’t mean you can’t bring date night home. I would dress up and have a candle lit dinner with my partner. Getting ready for a date gave me something to look forward to and that feeling of excitement. It didn’t stop there…..I would mix it up by having movie nights, setting up the lounge to replicate a cinema atmosphere.
Pampering yourself is a perfect way to pass time and relax during a stressful situation. I found it relaxing and a fun thing that to do (and even convinced my partner to join in!). I tried quite a few face masks, mastered my nail polish application routine and I have gotten better with my hair routine. Self-care is really important especially during this time. I always end up feeling really good after my pamper session. Josh occasionally joins me for the face masks and we both enjoy them, as we get to bond over something together.
Cook a new recipe
Before lockdown, Josh and I would cook the same meals each week and to be honest, this is one of the reasons why we would most likely get a cheeky takeaway. When lockdown started, restaurants were shut for a period of time, so we decided to google different meals and to cook a new recipe one day a week. This gave us something to look forward to during lockdown. Preparing the meal together also gave us more time to bond. It also gave us a wider range of recipes to add onto the very short list of recipes that we previously had.
Read a new book that is out of your comfort zone
As much as I love fictional novels, trying a different genre, was the change that I was looking for. I used to think self- help books were so cliché until I read Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King. This book helped me become more aware of my feelings and thoughts which has helped me mentally. Getting out of your comfort zone and trying something different will give you a range of options to choose from and it will also give you something to look forward to.
Start a new workout routine
With gyms closing (again), working out at home can be disheartening. I struggled with working out at home during the first lockdown. I soon realised that I needed to get into a routine to stay fit and healthy. I turned my attention to walking, which I enjoyed a lot. It was a great excuse to get outside (considering there weren’t many at the time!) and allowed me to separate my working from home and home life. As much as I enjoyed the walking, I needed something else to get my adrenaline pumping, so I turned to HIIT workouts. These workouts certainly did the job and are now part of my weekly routine today. I also tried to vary my workouts and started to introduce yoga. This not only provided a benefit to my body, but also to my mental health!
Taking time away from your phone, especially during this time is vital. These days, no matter which app you are on, there is bound to be a reminder of what is happening around the world. Although we need to be aware of what is going on, we also need to take care of our mental health. Why not try something different? Take a few hours off from social media and live in the moment. What have you have been up to during lockdown and what has helped you break the normal routine? Please feel free to use the comments section below and start a conversation!