Tuesday 24th March, (my 19th birthday and the day lockdown was officially announced), meaning today is day 48 of being in lockdown with my family. I’m going to be honest, it does get hard to stay positive when you have a twin brother who eats all the food you buy and thinks its hilarious.
Here are some ways I have learned to cope with these (what seems like) endless days and to avoid going insane:
- Making a to do list – Write down everything and anything you need to achieve that day (even if its washing your hair or making lunch) and get it done and ticked off. My days have been productive since I’ve established a routine! I will post a picture of mine as an example at the bottom of this blog.
- Exercise – Prior to lockdown I used to hate exercising, yet since lockdown I have been really motivated to stick to a weekly routine of workouts and having a food diary to see what difference I can make to my mental and physical well being. Even a nice walk in the sun will do you good, even if initially you cannot be bothered.
- Staying connected – Messaging, FaceTiming and actively communicating with your friends and family will really help flatten the feeling of being alone. Like most of us, I’m living with just my family, so I talk to my close friends as much as possible and make sure to always check in on them to see how they’re feeling. With saying this however, it’s okay to want time by yourself, the same with your friends during this time of uncertainty.
- Quiz/game nights – There are lots of online quizzes readily available now we all have a lot of free time. Myself, my Mum and my sister are very competitive when it comes to doing a quiz, so we make time every week to fit them in. I find it good fun, it passes a lot of the time, and when the pubs do open I hope to be pretty good at them!
- Limiting intake of social media – I live on social media, Facebook, twitter, instagram, YouTube. The amount of fake news stories I have read just in one day and can be proven wrong through actual research can be in double digit figures. Without a doubt social media makes me negative, pessimistic and moody with some of the current events taking place, so my advice is to distract yourself from being so active, or viewing things with a positive mindset.
- Commit to something – Whether this may be a piece of art, a long-term business, a diet (I eat too many sweets and chocolate for that), a monthly saving plan, do it. With my future plans, I don’t think I’ll ever get more free time to be able to invest in something more than now. My advice to you is whatever you are thinking of doing and committing to, do it and get it done! I have always wanted to start my own blog as I love writing, reading other blogs and sharing my own ideas, but this has definitely kickstarted me in doing so.
“Every day is a new day”Carrie Underwood