While lockdown is lifting around the world, many of us are likely to still be home-based for quite some time. As we gear up for another lockdown long weekend, we wanted to share some ideas for staying positive and beating the socially distant six-week slump!
Set aside 5-15 minutes a day to do something for you that doesn’t involve work or looking at a screen. This is a great way to start your day – take a few quiet moments to yourself before you get back onto technology. This might include:
- Journalling: Imagine how interesting this will be to look back on in a few years! Don’t let the opportunity slip by to record your thoughts during this strange period in time.
- Meditation: There are loads of apps and YouTube videos that will help you meditate if you’re new to practicing.
- Read a book: Why not set yourself a goal of a chapter or a particular number of pages each day?
- Listen to soothing music: During lockdown sleep, cooking, housework, well-being and yoga playlists have all popular on music-streaming platform Spotify.
- Set some daily goals: Make a promise to yourself on what you’re going to achieve that day – an afternoon nap, how many episodes you want to watch on TV or a number of steps walked.
- Take a bath: Combine with candles and a playlist for the perfect spa-like experience!
Social distancing doesn’t mean isolating from your friends. Check in and keep in contact!
Organise a group FaceTime or zoom catch up
There’s never been a better time to get everyone together – since most people are at home. If your friends are across different time zones, you can try a meeting tool to pick a time that suits you all.
Have ‘Dinner Dates’ where you eat dinner or have drinks with your friends
Even better if you pick a dish and share a recipe you can all cook along together!
Organise an online quiz
There are tons of ideas online for quizzes, many are free, like this Scattegories player. You can even make it interactive with PowerPoint or mobile-friendly quiz tools like Slido.
Drop someone you care about a message and let them know you’re thinking of them
Send a letter, email, voice note or anything that reminds them they’re not alone.
Move your body
Any movement is great for the mind and body. You don’t have to work up a sweat to get the endorphins flowing. You could:
- Go for a walk/run: Set yourself a step, distance or time goal.
- Search for yoga practises on YouTube: You’ll find thousands of classes focusing on different body parts, yoga styles for any time frame.
- Stretch your body after sitting down all day: do what feels good to make sure you don't get too stiff.
- Do a live Instagram workout: Set an alarm to remind yourself when your favourite Instagrammers are running classes.
- Put on your favourite music and dance around: now's the time to dance like no one is watching!
There has never been a better time to discover your inner artist, chef or musician! A few ideas to bring out your creativity:
- Research new recipes: Bake a yummy dessert or try a healthy dinner - now's the time to give something complicated or time-consuming a try!
- Take up an instrument: become a sensation on the recorder or pick up that guitar that has been gathering dust
- Learn a language: give Duolingo a try and learn a language for free.
- Unleash your inner artist: Paint, draw, sketch or try a mindfulness colouring in book
- Get crafty: This is a great time to try DIY; make your own body scrub, try macrame, or take up knitting
- Organise your wardrobe: Check out this great article from Zanna van Dijk on how to do it!
- Write a bucket list of things to do after lockdown is lifted: You have lots of time to think long and hard about how you'll make the most of the world outside once lockdown is over!