Perhaps I am writing this for myself to reinforce what it is I need to be doing, but I thought I would share with others incase you can relate also. Anyone else feeling a little loopy from lockdown?
I admire all those who have done lockdown a significant amount of times and are still sane. It certainly is a challenge.
I personally have felt the weight of the world on my shoulders and came to the realization I was allowing it to bring me down. Which doesn’t benefit my health or anyone around me. So, I am giving myself a kick in the butt to lift myself up for the sake of my health and those closest to me.
So, my strategies:
- Trying to avoid too much media as it enhances my stress – I don’t watch television or listen to the radio, and I am focusing on limiting online exposure.
- Walking, walking more walking – Movement is one of the things I find reduces my stress a lot. I am always more calm after a 30 minute walk.
- Being in nature and fresh air – Personally I find sunshine, fresh air and nature is soothing to my mind.
- Good nutrition and adaptogens – What I put in my body has an impact on my mind. Good quality nutrients and avoidance of high sugar foods help. I also find adaptogens are great for my mindset, stress levels, energy and mental clarity.
- Breathing and mindset work – Taking time to be present, mindful and focus on my breathing can be exceptionally calming when feeling overwhelmed
- Laughter – I love to laugh, and is great for the soul. Whether it be a joke with family or friends, a funny meme or video, laughter can brighten your day.
- Friends and social support – Having people to turn to for support on days that are challenging can change the mood of your day. Always reach out if you’re struggling.
- Perspective and gratitude – Taking time to reflect on all the good things in your life can change your perspective from negativity to appreciation. Take time each day to appreciate what you do have.
In relation to the above, a few other blogs that may be of interest in order to assist with lockdown are:
Just know, you’re not alone in this, we are all struggling in our various, individual ways. Make sure you take time to look after yourself and give yourself a break. It is ok to have moments that get you down, but implement some of the above to pick yourself back up again.
And, if does get too much, reach out for professional help. I have been there myself, it isn’t easy but beneficial.