Monday, 30 March 2020

Survivors Guide To Calm Anxiety During Lockdown


At the beginning of this year we were all worried about the potential start of World War 3 and now the entire world is fighting a common enemy. I never thought I'd be alive during a pandemic like this and be able to educate our child from first-hand experience and yet here we are just three months into 2020 and the world is on lockdown from a dangerous virus that nobody knows how to stop. Crazy isn't it? It's undeniably an anxious time for us all as we are confined to our homes in a bid to save lives and protect our NHS but there is light at the end of the tunnel and I wanted to share some ideas of things that have helped me control my anxiety and keep me occupied so far during this lockdown with my family! :)
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EXERCISE DAILY

It's important to take care of your body as well as your mind during this time and what's a better way to get them endorphins flowing than exercise? Whether it's yoga, going for a run, following online workout videos or even just walking your dog once a day, staying physically active can make all the difference. Just be sure to keep to the social distancing rules when out in public.

ORGANIZE YOUR HOUSE 

I'm not perfect at keeping up with this but I know I feel more calm when my house is organized and everything is where I want it to be so why not try and tackle those jobs you've been putting off whilst life flew by? Clear that messy cupboard out that we all love to hoard things in, rearrange your garden, sort through your wardrobe and throw out anything that you don't reach for anymore - the list goes on and on. 

CHECK UP WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS

It's completely normal to feel isolated and alone during this lockdown, especially if you live on your own so don't let yourself get disconnected from those important to you. Facetime your family regularly, make a Whatsapp group chat for your friends, Skype with your grandparents or partners that you can't be with right now, whatever you need to ensure you don't lose contact with anyone until we can go back to normal.

GET CREATIVE WITH KIDS

If you're a parent like myself then you're well aware of the special kind of hell that is keeping a child entertained and happy when they can barely leave the house. They get destructive, noisy and down right evil when they're bored and don't understand things around them so it's up to us to find ways to keep them busy. Pinterest is an amazing place to find all sorts of activities to keep children of any age occupied indoors or in your garden and I highly recommend spending some time pinning some ideas for the forseeable future so you don't feel the need to down a bottle of wine at the end of every night when the kids are in bed! :P

ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS

It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea but if you fancy a bit of light easy gaming where you live on your very own deserted island and have to work towards turning it into a functioning community then I recommend giving this a go! It was released at the perfect time for lockdown and is cosy, cute and creative - and better yet, you can still be social as there is a local co-op option for multiple players in one house or online co-op where you can play with your friends and visit their islands. Google it and see if you might like it :)

READ BOOKS

Reading is a great form of escapism that many people will find solace in right now and book worms are gonna be thrilled with all this spare time to indulge in their favourite genres. With all the ways you can read these days like on a kindle, listening to audible or good old fashioned reading a physical book; it's the perfect way to forget about the current chaos of the world and live in a fantasy one for a little while. 

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

If you're bored of the everyday mundane things that fill your days right now then try learning something new and challenging yourself from the comfort of your own home. Learn a new instrument that you've always wanted to master, try out some new recipes from your favourite cook book or website, research the huge array of online courses that are available online and see where it takes you. The possibilities are endless. 

WATCH TV SHOWS / MOVIES

With the release of Disney+ and all the other streaming sites like Netflix, Amazon Prime and NowTV, there is a whole world of television and movies at your disposal so make the most of your time at home with your family and watch things that make you happy. By all means, don't become a zombie and do nothing but binge watch, but take time to enjoy yourself and take your mind off things when you feel you need it. 

LIMIT PANIC READING THE NEWS

And most importantly - don't spend all day every day reading the news and checking for updates because it'll only drive you crazy. Try not to stress over things you can't control, the government is doing their best and if you do want to keep up to date then just listen to the daily conference every evening on BBC and leave it at that. Now is the perfect time to start appreciating the little things and reconnecting with each other whilst we have the luxury to do so from the safety of our homes so be grateful that although it's an unsettling time in the world right now, it won't last forever and it isn't the end of the world. 

No matter what country you're in, I can promise you that you are not alone and even if we are having to practice social distancing for the foreseeable future, at least there are multiple ways to stay connected these days which we should take advantage of and be vigilant of the rules so we can all pull through this pandemic together. 

Stay safe and take care of yourselves. ❤

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18 comments

  1. This is such a lovely and needed post right now! Great ideas and tips!

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  2. I suffer from anxiety. Thanks for the tips!

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  3. I think keeping yourself active, as well as the kids is a great thing.
    Stay safe!

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    1. For sure, we'd definitely go crazy if we didn't :P
      You too!

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  4. This is all great advice! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Love this! I’ve found it’s so important for me to exercise, even if I don’t really want to. I was a gym person before, so now I can’t go it’s hard to get the motivation but it makes such a difference to my overall headspace! I never realised how much exercise lowers my anxiety since the lockdown, so even 15 minutes away of Pilates inside makes a difference ☺️ Lovely post, Jess xx

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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    1. Tell me about it! I've never been into the gym but I'm still finding it helpful to do what I can at home - Just Dance has been a fun way of getting my daily pump in :P
      Thanks Anika, take care xx

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  6. As time has gone on, I've been consuming the news less and less because it just makes me feel awful. I know it's important to stay updated but over-consumption can affect your mental health so much! I'm finding exercising really helpful at the moment. And reading a good book! x

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    1. Same here, I hate to be out of the loop but also want to maintain some kind of normal at home without stressing about things that are out of my control so it's a tricky one! x

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  7. These are brilliant suggestions, thanks for sharing Jess! I find daily exercise is so good for mental health and keeping calm. I'm also trying to limit the news and social media as it can get so overwhelming at times. I always look forward to a couple of hours of Netflix in the evening to unwind and switch off :) Thanks for sharing, hope you are doing okay, have a good week! <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. Thanks Bexa :) I feel the same about social media, it's a mixture of good and bad at the mo so I'm trying to only go on it once a day. I've also been binging on Netflix & Amazon Prime so much that I'm running out of shows to watch! :P
      Hope you're well and keeping safe my lovely! <3 xx

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  8. Thanks for a great blog post. I agree with the points especially the point about watching news. I've reduced the amount of time i spend watching news channels now as they just create panics

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    1. Thanks for reading! It's hard to avoid but definitely better not to get sucked in too much :)

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  9. I blog about mental health, and love these tips! I totally agree about not panic reading the news. It's not solving anything. Thanks for sharing :-)

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