How to stay healthy during Lockdown

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‘Lockdown’ isn’t a word I thought I would ever be using.. but it’s something most of us are experiencing right now.

I did a post recently on things to do in isolation Things to do during social distancing so give that a read if you haven’t already! I guess this post is kind of similar but focuses more on how we can stay healthy rather than activities we can do.

There are many ways we can stay healthy during our time in lockdown. And I for one am doing everything I can to make sure I come out of this in better shape than when I went in. Mentally as well as physically.

Be prepared this post is a long one, but completely worth the read, I promise!

Exercise – Home workout 

This one is probably one of the most important things we can do during this time! I try and exercise once a day, around 30 minutes each time. Before lockdown I would go to the gym 3 times a week (more if I could) and do home workouts on the alternate days. But just because gyms are closed for the foreseeable, doesn’t mean I’m going to give up exercising. It doesn’t have to be anything major just some light exercise to get your body moving is good enough. Stick on a YouTube video and away you go.

Go for a walk

Following governments guidelines, at the moment we are still allowed to go outside for one form of exercise per day. While this is still available to us, make the most of it! The weather is getting nicer (still chilly but the sun is out). So get outside for a walk, just around your area, nothing too far and make sure to stick to social distancing. I try and go as early as possible, this way there is fewer people around and far less chance of coming into contact with someone.

Get fresh air – open a window/sit in the back garden 

If walking isn’t for you or some days you just don’t feel like it, still try and get some fresh air. I’ve grown up in a family where we appreciate fresh air, the windows are opened first thing on a morning and only closed if it’s getting a little cold out. I sleep better and it definitely brightens my mood when my room is full of fresh clean air. Sitting in the back garden is another thing that creates some happiness during this confusing time, sit outside with your pet, leave your phone inside and just enjoy your surroundings. Take it all in and feel grateful for all you have in your life.

Stick to a routine

I mentioned this in my social distancing post, but sticking to a routine makes life so much better. There is nothing worse than waking up on a morning and having no motivation to do anything. No purpose because for now, many of us don’t have jobs to go to. It doesn’t have to be anything major; get up, get showered and dressed, eat breakfast, go for your daily walk, listen to some music, write a blog post (if that’s what you do), sit in the garden, tidy the house, exercise.. that sort of thing. But make it a routine, something you can follow.. it gives you a purpose and a sense of control over your life.

Keep your mind active 

Try not to dwell on things happening in the world right now too much. I know that’s easier said than done at times, but try and keep your mind active with other things. Doing some of the above will definitely help with this. Distractions work wonders in times like this.

Limit phone use 

I feel like this goes for every day not just the current situation. Phones are amazing little things but also not so good at times. Everything is right there on this one device and although we need them for numerous reasons, they can distract us from our every day lives. Try and occupy your time and spend as little time on your phone as possible.

Only read reliable news

It’s so easy to get caught up on story lines that float around on social media. I’m guilty of this myself, especially at a time like this, we just want answers and seem to think we will find them scrolling on Facebook. Some are true, but many are not. When looking for information, make sure you go to reliable sources (News, news app etc). Don’t believe everything you see on social media.

Think positive 

Sounds kind of obvious and a little silly to say, but staying positive can be one of the hardest things to do, but equally one of the best ways of staying healthy. Try and make the best out of the situation, stay safe and stay healthy. Think positive thoughts, think of the ways you’re going to live your life when this is all over, focus on the good things in your life, and most importantly, understand this won’t last forever.

Be grateful 

Gratitude, need I say more? Be grateful for every single little thing you have in your life, be grateful of your health and your families health, this being the most valuable thing right now. Throughout your day, say over and over in your head (or out loud if you prefer) everything you are grateful for. Gratitude is everything!

Keep in contact

Keep in contact with friends and family, check in on them daily. Speak on the phone, face time them, tag them in silly videos that you think they will appreciate. However you can, stay in contact with them, we all need each other in this. Communication is one of the main ways we’re going to get through this. Loved ones are precious and although we might not be able to see them right now, when this over you can drive straight to their house and give them the biggest hug.

Drink 2 litres of water every day 

We need water, lots of it! If you’re not much of a water drinker, this is the perfect time to get better at it. The more water we drink, the healthier our bodies are. 2 litres a day will do the job. To get the most of our days, we need to be hydrated and the only way we can achieve this is by drinking all the water we require on a daily basis.

Balanced diet – Fruit & Veg

I feel like this one is pretty obvious. Just like water, a balanced diet helps to keep our bodies on top form. Healthy food also helps with our mental health, it has a feel good factor if you will. We need to be healthy in order for our bodies to fight off any infection if it needs to.

Allow yourself a treat 

Lockdown can become very boring, very quickly. And I know I just mentioned eating lots of the good stuff, eating the other good stuff (chocolates etc) is also important. Allow yourself a treat once every few days, it could be your favourite chocolate or a glass of gin if you prefer. Whatever it is, make sure you have it, we all deserve a treat right?

Meditate/Yoga

I meditate each day for around five or ten minutes, it doesn’t matter what time you do it, any time throughout the day is fine. Yoga is another way of keeping our bodies healthy, a few times a week will work or every day if you prefer. I like to combine the two, 30 minutes of yoga followed by 10 minutes of meditation.

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