5 ways to win at life during lockdown

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The world is a crazy place at the moment and weeks into lockdown it’s very easy to feel like you’re starting to lose grip on reality. Follow our 5 tips to keep you feeling on top of your game at staying sane.

1. Be organised

If every day is starting to feel like the next, a bit of planning will work wonders for your mojo.

Take a few minutes each evening to plan how you’re going to spend the following day. It doesn’t have to be set in stone down to each minute, but knowing what time you’re going to wake up in the morning, and deciding on 3 things you’d like achieve, will add some structure to the following day, giving you a sense of purpose and something to look forward to.

2. Stay in contact

Social contact helps us cope with stressful situations and we can all agree that living through a pandemic is pretty stressful. Whether the motivation is for entertainment, support or even just to exercise the vocal chords, arranging time to meet up either virtually, or in person, with people who make you feel good, will work wonders for your sense of wellbeing.

3. Get moving

Your lungs will thank you for their daily dose of fresh air. Oxygen is thought to affect the amount of the happy hormone, serotonin, that’s released in the body which in turn promotes feelings of happiness and relaxation. When blue skies are overhead nothing beats a walk outside, but you can still keep your endorphin levels boosted from the comfort of your home by taking part in one of many free virtual exercise classes out there. Here’s a few to get you moving.

4. Eat your greens

It’s a cliché but it’s important to remember that you are what you eat. So, it stands to reason that unless you want to feel shoddy, think about fuelling yourself with a healthy variety of foods. Health experts recommend a varied diet with lots of high-fibre foods. Including a few of these immune boosting foods in your diet won’t do you any harm either.

A healthy, varied diet doesn’t need to be expensive so in addition to the recipes in our blog, check out Jack Monroe’s website where each cost saving recipe is priced down to the penny.

5. Try something new

At some point we will emerge from lockdown and normal life will resume. In addition to adding a much needed and new dimension to your day, learning a new skill, or checking out something new, will give you something interesting to discuss with your mates and you may discover a new hobby and make new friends in the process. Timeout’s list is a great place to start looking if you’re not sure how, or where, to begin.

For more great advice and support on how to stay healthy check out MIND.

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