Lockdown 2.0 — How to Navigate It
Lockdown is here again, but this time we know what to expect, therefore we should be able to navigate it better than what we did last time.
The United Kingdom has just recently entered its’ second nation wide lockdown and as unpleasant as that is to hear or go through, the reality is we need to adapt to this and make it feel better than what the first lockdown felt.
I’m writing this article in hopes of sharing some tips and insights on how to navigate this second lockdown the UK is facing but also for everyone else who may or will be facing lockdown in their own countries.
Create a Routine
This sounds really simple doesn’t it? As true as that may be, it is extremely important for you to set yourself a routine. Routines are essential for many reasons, they help us maintain our productivity levels high, they keep us organized and most importantly they give us a purpose day in and day out.
Whether you’re a fan of the pen and paper, or you simply love your email calendar then get to writing out what your day is going to be like and set yourself timings. Make sure to include the times you’ll be working, but also the times you’ll take breaks away from your work.
I’d highly recommend involving a balance between physical activity and mental activity. The physical aspect can come in many ways, forms and shapes, from simple walks to jogs to home workouts.
Whereas the mental aspect is more focused on stimulating your mind, whether that be reading a book, listening to a podcast or learning new skills, whatever floats your boat best!
Now imagine having created a routine that involves a day in which you will do a home workout, do some work, take some breaks, go for a walk, read a book, listen to a podcast, maybe do some house chores and maybe end the day by spending time with family or with yourself and simply watching something entertaining.
Doesn’t that day sound much better than a day in which you wake up and you have to figure things out as you go along?
Create a routine and stick by it.
How you start your day and how you end your day is really important
I firmly believe that how you start your day and how you end your day is really important for your well-being.
If you start your day by simply waking up and getting ready to sit down, have breakfast and jump straight into work then you might feel that you haven’t yet given time to yourself.
The same way that if you end your day without having done much more other than being on your phone, you may feel as if the day slips away without you getting much out of it.
Why not start your day by waking up early and going for a walk, run or even doing a workout? I personally start my early mornings always with an intense workout as it gets me really pumped and energized for the rest of the day. It also makes me feel like I have already been productive and the day has only just begun.
I know a lot of people that will start their day with meditation, or reading a book and it works for them, it gives them the feeling of accomplishing something before even starting work.
Figure out what floats your boats in the early mornings before you start your normal day, you may realize there’s loads of benefits that come with it.
Now ending the day is always a tricky one, because it’s very easy to just chill and be on my phone just looking for entertainment rather than understanding how I can perhaps feed my mind and stimulate it just before I hit the bed.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with doing both, but the very last thing you do before going bed, should be something that is mentally stimulating you. Something empowering and refreshing, maybe meditating, reading a book, listening to a podcast? Try it out!
Check up on yourself and check up on others
This is probably one of the things that I would recommend you do the most. Just pick up the phone and call your friends. Honestly, sometimes a long conversation with a friend is the most refreshing thing you can do for yourself and also for them.
Lockdown hasn’t been easy on anyone, some people feel more anxious than others, some may spend a lot of time overthinking things and others may be dealing with demons you might not even know.
A good call goes a long way, for both you and the person on the end of the line. Most people keep to themselves when they are going through rough times because they feel as if that makes them vulnerable, weak or less of a person. Well it doesn’t, it’s okay to not be okay. What is not okay is for people to go through things by themselves.
Check up on your friends, check up on your family, check up on everyone around you. Kindness and love is free of charge and is welcome at all times.
To end this article, I just wanted to emphasize that looking after yourself is both a physical and mental task. People tend to often look at the physical aspect and overlook the mental side of things. Don’t underestimate your mental health.
Mental health is not just a buzzword, it’s a real thing, so let’s act accordingly and feed our mind the same way we feed our bodies.
I hope everyone is staying safe and I hope your families are doing okay. As we go through another lockdown, let us remember that we’ll all make it through this together.