Our Tips On Staying Well During Lockdown
The UK is now approaching week 6 of lockdown and, while our individual experiences of lockdown may differ greatly, one thing that is universal is striving to stay well - physically and mentally - at home.
Our team of experts at n-compass have put their heads together to come up with some practical advice to help you to stay well whilst staying at home during the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK.
Limit Your News Intake
News stories are coming in thick and fast at the moment and, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re seeing more and more bad news stories.
Grim headlines are getting people down and causing them to feel anxious. While it’s important to keep up-to-date with government guidelines at the moment, strategically limiting your news intake can really help with your mental health.
Checking the news just 2 or 3 times a day (perhaps morning, afternoon, and evening) still allows you to stay in the loop, but you won’t be compulsively checking which can raise your anxiety levels, and you won’t feel so inundated with bad news stories. When you do check the news, try to look at the uplifting stories, too.
Plan Meals To Boost Your Immune System And Mood
In the UK, we’ve been blessed with the weather during lockdown, so those who are able to go outside have been able to get a good dose of vitamin D; one of the most important vitamins we can get.
While it would be really easy to rely on fast food and easy, unhealthy meals during difficult times, it’s important that we nourish ourselves as much as we can. Aiming to eat five portions per day is always recommended, and eat regular meals - if you need to snack between meals, try to stick to healthier options such as fruit and unsalted nuts.
However, if you’re not able to go outside, you can still get vitamin D through supplements and food (mushrooms, fatty fish, cheese, egg yolks, and more).
If practicing mindfulness isn’t already part of your daily routine, we really recommend that you try it. It can reduce the physical and emotional effects of stress and anxiety and can bring you a true sense of calm.
Enaging in mindfulness can be doing something as simple as sitting quietly and focusing on your breathing. Close your eyes. If a thought comes into your mind that isn’t focused on your breathing, gently bring your attention back to it.
This tip goes without saying, but it really is so important. Keeping yourself hydrated throughout each day keeps your body in working order. Experts recommend drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day, but a little bit more if you’re exercising regularly.
Get Medical Help If You Need It
With the pandemic meaning that many, many people are becoming unwell, it’s so important that you get checked out if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, and not avoid seeking medical attention for any other malady which would usually need treatment.
If you do find yourself having any symptoms of COVID-19, this page on the NHS website can help you with what to do next.
Stay In Touch
Loneliness affects so many people, even when there isn’t a national lockdown. Now more than ever, stay in touch with your loved ones if you can. With many of us having amazing technology at our fingertips, we can stay connected with each other through apps and tools such as Zoom, Netflix Party, and Whatsapp.
Plus, you can write letters, send text messages, and have phone calls. If you or a member of your family or community is vulnerable and may need some help, look out for them if you can. By supporting each other, we may be able to tackle loneliness head on.
Leave Time For Exercise Each Day
If you’re able to exercise, it really is one of the most important things you can be doing to stay well during lockdown. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins which are hormones that can reduce feelings of discomfort and bring you a sense of wellbeing.
Whether you’re going for a run during your 1 hour outside of the house, or you’re stretching indoors, try to move around often if you can.
We hope these tips have been useful for you and that you and those close to you are staying safe and well.
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