To say this year has been scary and strange would be an understatement. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the world to its knees, and just as we started to embrace the ‘new normal’ and try to return to some form of normality, we get plunged right back into lockdown.
Here are our top tips for surviving lockdown 2.0.
Create/ Stick to your Routine
Humans are creatures of habit, and a lot of us respond better to schedules and routines. Whether you exercise before work, or sit and enjoy a coffee, don’t skip that routine in favour of an extra hour in bed; get up at your usual time and enjoy it. Routine will help you maintain some normality and give you something to look forward to.
Try to see lockdown as positive. All this free time means you can learn a new skill or revisit an old hobby; this is an excellent way to keep your mind busy and pass your days on.
We know this is easier said than done, but try to stay focused and motivated, especially if you are working from home. If you can avoid it, don’t work from the sofa; you need a designated workspace; this will help you switch off and unwind at the end of the working day.
Did you know, lighting has been proven to affect motivation? During the working day, you should opt for lighting that mimics natural daylight (around 5500k); this is proven to increase your mood levels, which overall makes you more productive and motivated. As you wind down to enjoy your evening, opt for lower intensity lighting (around 2700k), this helps you to feel calmer and more relaxed. Why not give our Supacell LEDs a try? They are a simple, cost-effective way to upgrade your lighting, and they can save you money on your monthly bills.
Talk about it
Lockdown can be difficult and can take its toll on our mental health. Remember, it’s ok not to be ok. Talk about how you really feel with somebody you trust. Talk about your anxieties or any problems you are having; bottling things up will only make you feel worse.
Jump on a Zoom call with your friends and family and take the time to discuss things; not only will it make you feel better, but it’ll also keep you connected with those you love.
Don’t slip into a lazy habit where you snooze your alarm and ditch your exercise routine. Exercise will help you stay motivated and positive, and it will help you stay healthy. Gyms may be closed, but that is no excuse. Get outside, take in some fresh air and go for a walk or a jog; or if cardio isn’t your jam, there are plenty of bodyweight exercises you could do from the comfort of your own home.
Don’t let your Hygiene Slip
Over the past few months, we have all been actively stepping up with our hygiene by using hand sanitiser where possible and donning our facemasks in public. We must keep this up to stop the spread and help us return to normal. Remember, once lockdown ends, we all still need to be very careful and keep up the use of hand sanitiser and masks to protect ourselves. Check out our range of Panodyne personal protection.
Lockdown 2.0 is another blow to 2020, but it is important to remember that we are all in this together, and we can get through it together. Try to see the positive side and above all, stay safe.