What a weird period of life we are all going through hey? Do you ever sit back and think about what the actual f*** is going on within our world right now? Because I sure do and it’s CRAZY. Lockdown itself is an unusual situation just suddenly thrown on us all, which we have been legally forced to abide by. I’m not really too sure about where the rest of the world is up to with ‘lockdown’ and if there are any other countries still currently going through it, but I certainly know the UK is and will be for another few weeks or so. Personally, I have spent lockdown learning, growing and becoming a ‘better’ version of myself. I have spent time doing activities to develop my skills and believe I will be coming out in the best possible mindset. I want to share my tips and tricks I’ve found to keep happy during Lockdown to hopefully help others out there who might be struggling slightly or need a bit of inspiration!
1. Writing down achievable daily/weekly goals
Thinking back to the past couple of months in Lockdown, I have found to be more productive when I know what my goals are for the week. Don’t be frightened by the word ‘goals’ as (for me) they can range from something as simple as ‘putting a wash on’ to something slightly more time consuming like ‘walking 10,000 steps a day’. When focusing on my weekly routine, I will spend Monday morning writing down exactly what I want to achieve from the week and how I am going to do this. For me, there is nothing more satisfying than being able to tick off something I have been able to complete and see a list getting smaller. I physically write mine down in an old A5 Pukka Pad and it is so not aesthetic in the slightest. However, there are plenty of online planners and apps you can download to keep your goals with you at all times. For example, Microsoft OneNote is a great app with lots of features for you to capture your thoughts and ideas on digital paper.
2. Try to get outside at least ONCE a day
Lockdown measures have eased in the past couple of weeks in the UK, allowing for us to all have an unlimited amount of outdoor exercise and I can’t say it enough – Fresh air is amazing! Especially when you’re not allowed to do much else and the sun decides to make an appearance. It will instantly revitalise and freshen you up for the day ahead, and I promise that it is an extremely easy way of keeping fit without even realising. Walking, Running, Cycling, Rollerblading – the list is endless. Personally, I prefer dog walking or running. They are both effective and fun ways for me to get out and clear my head!
3. Do something you enjoy
I am a huge supporter of filling your time doing things you enjoy. Having spent 84 days in lockdown to date, I have only just came to fall in love with blogging and everything it entails. I WISH I had discovered my little passion earlier, but I believe that everything happens for a reason and I am where I am right now because it’s meant to be. On top of the blogging scene, I have been spending my days reading thrillers, baking delicious treats and scrolling through the internet for summer clothes, knowing full well Summer is cancelled. My advice to you would be to try something out you haven’t before. If that’s a fitness video from youtube, or learning a new skill, there are a multitude of activities out there for you to choose from it just depends what you want. Take it as a trial and error path until you find something you enjoy.
4. Keep in contact
One of the most important ways to keep happy during Lockdown is through ‘Communication’. This may seem like a simple tip, but it will automatically boost your mood and can pave the path for a positive day. I set myself a target at the beginning of Lockdown to FaceTime a few friends I haven’t spoken to in a while down to just being busy. Rekindling lost friendships has seen a massive improvement in my happiness and overall outlook on life, so I would 100% recommend you to try. There are a variety of ways you can keep in touch with those you want to. These include FaceTime, Whatsapp, Facebook, Zoom and Houseparty. Even picking up the phone is a great way to communicate. You never know what the other person is going through and it might just brighten their day as well!
5. Eat a balanced diet
There are many negative connotations surrounding the word ‘diet’: including countless horror stories of regimented eating plans that inevitably fail because they’re impossible to stick to. I want to change your perceptions and think about this in a positive light. Having a balanced diet in my eyes entails eating the right foods, but not restricting yourself to the point where you crave and binge. If you want a bar of chocolate, have it! If you’re feeling down and end up getting a takeaway, don’t feel guilty about it! It’s all about listening to yourself and your body. I am the biggest advocate for a balanced diet, just not over-doing it. I find I eat relatively healthy Mon-Fri and for the weekend I’ll enjoy a few drinks, a BBQ dinner or even pop a pizza in the oven.
6. Keep up a good skin care routine
Keeping skin looking young, healthy and glowing is crucial, and not just in lockdown! Ladies and Gents, it is SO important that we protect our skin for our future self, who I’m sure if they could speak to us, would be very thankful. It can be a tedious task at times, and I can admit there has been a few nights I have just been too tired to whip out my entire regime. But all in all, keeping skin in a good routine will have a massive effect on your mindset and keeping positive. I have a skin routine blog coming in the future with all my fave products I use and also those products I won’t touch. I’ll keep you waiting for that one though!
7. Don’t forget to get enough sleep
Is it just me whose had a fantastic sleeping pattern during Lockdown? I have been knocking out around 10:30-11:00pm and rising 9:30am latest. My watch literally tracks my sleep every night and I average around 9 hours sleep a day. Absolutely GORGEOUS. There is nothing I love more than a good nights rest and I can assure you, if you’re looking to revitalise and start the day on a positive note – a restful night beforehand is the perfect solution.
8. Make the most of ‘Self Care Sunday’
My last tip, but one of my ultimate favourites is ‘Make the most of Self Care Sunday’. This is actually my favourite day, when it revolves around Self Care of course. After starting the week on Monday with all your goals and ambitions, Sunday just seems like the perfect way to wrap up the past 7 days and reflect. Take the time to do things for you, and only you. Some of the things I find I get up to include giving myself a lie in, popping on a bubble bath, painting my nails, washing my hair or sitting down to watch a film/TV programme. Why not go out and buy some popcorn, or make yourself some chocolate dipped strawberries? Make this day different to every other day, your body probably needs it! Listed above are just some of the few examples I like to treat Self Care Sunday – a day to do things for you and ONLY you.
I hope you all enjoyed my 8 tips and tricks to keep yourself happy during lockdown. I really value all 8 of these tips, as they all have had a massive effect on me and my outlook over the past couple of months. If you have any questions, please get in touch with me over on my social media which I will link below. Thanks again, love
Image 1- Weekly planner: Photo by Jess Bailey on Unsplash
Image 8 – Alarm Clock: Photo by Benjamin Voros on Unsplash