Seven Things To Do Whilst Under Lockdown

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Seven Things To Do Whilst Under Lockdown
I use the term 'lockdown' very loosely, as I don't believe we are in full lockdown because we have privileges that some countries don't, but still being confined to our homes to try and stop the spread. We are now in a state of National Emergency as very few stuck to government guidelines and did not stick to social distancing - we have been instructed by our Prime Minister to stay in doors and to only go outside for food, health reasons (one form of exercise, to get prescriptions, etc) or 'essential' work, you MUST stay 2 metres away from other people and wash your hands as soon as you get home. You can find full official documentation (here).

When Coronavirus first made the headlines, I won't lie I didn't really think anything of it and shook it off as another one of those breakouts, like bird flu, hand, foot and mouth, etc. We all really didn't know the seriousness of the situation and what was actually going to go down. Never in my life did I think I would be confined to the same 4 walls everyday with no contact from the outside world physically, just electronically and only being able to go out once a day... but here we are. I guess this is what you get when people don't listen to simple instruction.

Previously, Boris Johnson put a ban in place for all pubs, clubs, cinemas, theatres, gyms and leisure centres to close down before shortly putting a close on all businesses that weren't 'essential' and inevitably leading to our lockdown. It was a long time coming and personally I am glad that he has done it, if it means decreasing the chances of the virus spreading and protecting our elderly, vulnerable and those with health problems, then I am all for it. Sacrificing my time with my family and my son not seeing any of his grandparents will be hard, but it is for the right reasons after all.

I would be lying if I said that it wasn't affecting my mental health, it's definitely making my anxiety creep up on me with the unknowing and the uncertainty of the whole situation. Anyone being stuck in the same 4 walls would end up with cabin fever, but luckily with the sun shining and being allowed one walk, I can go out and clear my head at least. I am also worried for my own little family, as well as other family members such as my grandad and those with underlying health issues. I just want them all to stay safe.

I feel sad because I can't see anyone, going from spending almost everyday seeing and spending time with my mum, going for lunches, having coffee around hers or just sitting on our phone around my grandads whilst my son slept on the sofa, all the little things that we would all take for granted. I can safely say, once this has blown over and we are somewhat in the safe zone, I will never take anyone or anything for granted!

Read a book

It is one of those that I will be getting into in-between my sons naps. He naps at least three times a day, so gives me enough time to tuck into a few pages before he starts whinging/crying for his feed. I find having a cuppa whilst putting my feet up and reading a book can be quite relaxing, especially when you enjoy what you are reading.

Netflix

You can always find time to watch your favourite TV shows or films on Netflix. If not, it is time to start binge watching a new series, you've got the time to do it now, so why not? Obviously, don't spend all your time watching Netflix, as there are other things around the house that will require some of your attention at times. So, grab those snacks and enjoy your shows!

Get organising/de-clutter

There is nothing better than having a clear out, de-cluttering your life and organising it. It makes me feel so much better when I can clear out the stuff that I don't use or need anymore either by giving it away, donating or binning it (if it's out of date, worn or can no longer be used). I think I will be doing this very soon myself, it does wonders for my mental health and it makes me feel so much better having a clear space.

Get some sleep

Having enough sleep is essential to everyday life and having a good sleep makes you feel like you can take on the world, I know it does for me anyways with having a 4 month old who is currently teething, going through a sleep regression and has got a cold all at the same time. Use the time to recharge those batteries as it will do you the world of good.

Stay connected

You may be away from your loved ones, but there's no excuse to not stay in touch, especially when you have a phone, computer and social media at your finger tips. So check in on them every now and again, let them know how you are, if you're struggling and need a mental health check in, ask how they are and let them know that you are there, I'm sure they will appreciate it.

YouTube workouts

If you are anything like me then you will not have the foggiest on making up a home workout or where to start. Luckily, with the world of YouTube and how massive it really is, there are plenty of home workouts you can search on YouTube and do on your TV if you have the means to do so, or follow on your laptop, iPad or tablet whichever you want to choose. Another I may start doing as exercise is another one of those things that is fab for mental health.

Self-care

Looking out for number one is always key, whether it be physically and/or mentally. You have got to look after yourself as well as your well being as it is very important. You can do this by relaxing in the bath, putting on a face mask, putting on your favourite music, making your favourite meal or drink, having a chill day in your pjs and taking the time out to think about yourself. Self care comes in many forms, so do what makes you feel the best.

There are quite a few gossip rumours and fake stories surrounding Coronavirus because obviously, some people have too much time on their hands. If you do suffer from mental health, please check for reliable sources before jumping to conclusions and believing everything you read. Just because Sharon has said her nextdoor neighbour has Corona because her cat sneezed on her, it's more than likely not true. 

I hope that you're all coping during this uncertain time, look after yourselves, wash your hands and please stay safe x

*Disclaimer: All honest opinions and words are that of my own. Image sourced from Unsplash.

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  1. I've really take the time to declutter and organise during this time! Love these ideas - also I love your blog design❣

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