The UK has seemingly been in lockdown for ever, and with new dates of freedom on the horizon, I think everyone is ready for some time out of the house. But whilst we are still kept indoors and maybe aren’t feeling our best, it’s time more than ever to work on ourselves and get us to be the best versions of ourselves we can be.
Lockdown has become increasingly difficult recently, but we all have put off activities we know we could do now to benefit ourselves. Maybe it’s that we’ve had too much time, too little or the fact that time just flies by when you are doing nothing, but here are five things you should do before lockdown is over, to boost your mental health and set you up for June.
Meditating doesn’t have to be fancy and can help keep you grounded. It can be as simple as practising breathing techniques, listening to your surroundings and can be for as long or as little as you want. It’s great if you are feeling overwhelmed or run down by stress, which if you are keeping up with the news can be quite challenging. Take deep breaths, relax your mind, and feel the benefits.
Meditation can be anywhere and can be on your own or within a group. There are wonderful guided meditations on YouTube, and once you’ve mastered it, you can learn to use it during times of difficulty to reap the rewards.
- Host a zoom quiz
This is always fun, and if you haven’t already done so, gives you something to look forward to during the week. Host a zoom quiz, give it a theme, get your cocktail shaker out and have a great night of it. It’s great to catch up with friends and isn’t something you’ll be doing once you are out of lockdown, so make the most out of it whilst you can.
Equally you could host a zoom movie night – grab some blankets and sync up a film. Honestly, it’d probably be more fun than the cinema because you get to chat and eat guilt free of those around you.
- Check in with your friends
This is a great one, but message that friend you’ve been meaning to talk to for ages. It’s a great time to be messaging people and reconnecting or building new bridges. Most people love getting messages, even if it feels a bit embarrassing in the moment. And if you can bring a smile to someone’s face, it really does make the world of difference to both yours and that persons mental wellbeing.
So message your friends, make sure they are ok, see what they are doing and grow together.
- Start a journal
This is another form of meditation but buying a notepad and jotting down at times when you feel out of control, is a great coping mechanism. It’s one of those things that everyone feels like they should be doing, and in lockdown, there is no time like the present.
It doesn’t have to be a daily thing but consider doing it weekly to write down and talk through your emotions that you’ve had in the past week. I promise you that having your events written down and how you felt during the bad parts will help you to process through your emotions.
- Pick back up a hobby
Are you jealous that your friend is flourishing and you’re not? If you want to hone down one of your previous skill that you’d forgotten somewhere down the line, give it a go. This can be baking, dancing, painting, knitting, pretty much anything that you’ve been meaning to do, you’ll find it sparks the joy you originally had.
With the days becoming longer and the impending date on the horizon, coming out of lockdown is what so many people have been looking forward to. But now its time to work on ourselves and see what we can achieve, because there isn’t any time quite like lockdown to do this.