10 tips for lockdown

Start your routine by structuring your day correctly. Try and get up and go to bed at the same time of the day, this will help reduce any sleeping issues you may have. If you are working from home do not forget to schedule in work breaks, as these are important so you can get up and stretch and grab a bite to eat. As well as sleeping and eating, make sure exercise is balanced during lockdown.

Eat well by having regular balanced meals which include five fruit or vegetables a day. Stick to healthy snacking options to curb that boredom and to stay away from unhealthy snacking. Vitamin D can also drop during the winter months due to less sunshine so ensure you are getting the right number of vitamins for your body to run how it should.

Stay hydrated as it is recommending you drink between 6-8 glasses of fluid per day and this is to ensure body functions are working effectively and correctly.

Avoid excess as its easy to eat too much food or smoke too many cigarettes during times of boredom. Too much coffee could exacerbate anxiety, so try cutting down on caffeine and watch yourself become less anxious and more than likely sleep a lot better too.

Spend time in nature if you can go for a run or walk then fantastic but if not, there are other way in which nature can be appreciated. Observe nature from a window, which will help. Take a moment to look at potted plants, listening to the rain or even take notice of cloud patterns.

Take time to switch off during the pandemic, we need to be kept up to date on current policies and procedures but try not to dwell and constantly refresh the news pages, as this can add to anxiety, anger and stress. If you are experiencing local lockdown and social media friends are not, it may be a good idea to step away from social media for a while.

Protect your children routine changes for children maybe confusing and stressful on the child as well as the adults in the situation. Its important to ensure children have routines not only with bedt;ime but with structured play and school work. Ask your child how they’re feeling, so they know they’re allowed to talk about their feelings with you no matter how small or big.

Maintain relationships by facetiming, writing letters and emailing. It is easy enough to lose contact with people and get into a rut where we stop contacting loved ones. Do not forget to check in with elderly relatives as they maybe feeling more isolated now.

Be kind as its easy to forget this small step during lockdown as most of the time we can be worried and scared about the pandemic. Be kind to yourself and to those around you.

Seek help and advice as for many people its easy to find a tough lockdown stressful and if you are having difficulties handling this then there are organisations which can help.

· Therapeutic Counselling Cornwall

· Mind

· Samaritans

· Age UK

· Young Minds

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