There is a lot of conflicting information and emotions which many of us are finding at the moment relating to the pandemic. On the one hand we have the fantastic news that we have a vaccine, multiple vaccines in fact, which offer a very high are of cover against the virus. Whilst this may have been announced, it will be some time before we see it and at the moment we are looking at rising cases and deaths. The long and short of it is that we may very well see a second lockdown, in fact some places have already.
It is for this reason why we should go back to the brilliant health experts like Lisa M Cannon MD, and heed that advice which she gave with regards to making sure we look after our mental health during this time. If you are put into a second lockdown, here are some simple tips for helping to protect your mental wellbeing.
Adding a Routine
Humans are creatures of habit and when that is threatened we can begin to lose our sense of purpose. With this being said however there is nothing to stop us from putting a new routine in place ourselves, and this is something which is greatly going to help you get through this. Getting up and going to bed at the same time, eating at the same time and working during the same hours will really help you to focus and keep on pushing.
It will be a great idea to begin a new hobby or learn something new during this time. Not only is this a great activity to do anyway, doing so during the lockdown will give you a sense of dove and purpose and it will also give you something which you can focus on. Studies have shown that those who continue to learn new things will have better mental wellbeing.
Regular Calls to Family and Friends
Humans are not just creatures of habit, we are also highly social creatures and when this is stripped away from us it can be very difficult to replace. And so this is exactly why you should maintain regular contact with family and friends, on a weekly basis. This will give you something to look forward to and it will also help you to remain close to those you love. Video calls are not the same as actually seeing someone in person, but they are the nearest thing to it during lockdown.
Fresh Air and Sunshine
Staying closed in is not good for your mentality at all and this is why you have to make sure that you are taking every opportunity to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and some sunshine. Naturally you will have to do this within the rules but it is absolutely critical to your mental wellbeing that you take the option to get out and enjoy the outdoors.