How to keep your mind healthy during lockdown
Mental health is so important, we have all heard the phrase healthy mind, healthy body and for a good reason so. Quarantine might leave us all feeling a little down, sluggish and bored. Which has us reaching for snacks, those snacks might not always be the healthiest and may be full of sugar, which disrupts our hormones leaving us feeling worse off than before we had that naughty piece of chocolate.
As humans we need to feel a sense of accomplishment in our day in order for it to feel as though it was successful, by setting a few small tasks for the day as simple as making your bed can do wonders for your mental health. I have created a list of things one can do to keep your mind happy, healthy and positive during this time. Remember this is just a phase and it too shall pass. Utilize this time to redirect your thoughts to your higher purpose, what do you really want to achieve out of this life? Utilize this time of stillness to set goals for you to reach that purpose, one small step at a time.
First off stay hydrated, drink at least 8 glasses of water a day or 2 liters of water, tea also counts! Staying hydrated may also have you reaching for less sugary treats. One may confuse thirst with hunger, so the next time you think you are hungry have a glass of water and wait 20 minutes. If you are still hungry thereafter then have something to eat. Having a cup of rooibos tea or chamomile tea before bed can help you sleep better.
Get dressed, don’t stay in your pajamas all day long, I’m all for a pajama day but you are more likely to get things done when you are dressed for the day. You will also feel more put together and ready to tackle the day.
Workout! Even if it is just for 15minutes a day, as long as you move your body. Check out my latest qurantraining at home workout programs for exercises that you can do at home. By signing up to a program you are more likely to be motivated to workout as you have committed to something and you have a plan to work from.
Create a to do list with simple items such as making your bed, sending an email or cleaning out a draw in your bedroom. This will gives you a sense of accomplishment for the day.
Call a friend or loved one; check in on your friends, family and neighbours to see how they are doing. Everyone is handling the lockdown differently, be extra kind to everyone.
Download the app house party and get a few friends together to play some fun games!
Bake something yummy and don’t feel guilty for eating it! Now is not the time to put pressure on yourself to lose weight or to look a certain way, be kind to yourself you will get through this.
Cook a meal from a recipe book. Whip out some of grannies old cook books, try out something new and work on your master chef skills!
Write in a journal; write down your thoughts about how you are feeling. Sometimes by writing things down we discover so much more about our self’s and what is really going on deep down.
Spend time in God’s presence, in this time of stillness reach out to Him like never before. Speak to God and tell him what is going on in your heart, he listens! Don’t let fear take a hold of you; you have a bright future ahead of you. Before you know it this will all be over and you will come out stronger than before!
Read a book! Grab that book that you have been wanting to read for so long but haven’t had the time to.
Create a vision board; realign your thoughts and visions so that after lockdown you are able to go full steam ahead after your goals in life.
Give yourself a spa day, paint your nails or give yourself a facial. Show yourself some self-care it can do wonders for a person. It’s like a “mini holiday” and leaves you feeling relaxed.
Reorganize your cupboards and bedroom, donate the things that you don’t use or need to a charity or church nearby. Winter is coming up and someone will appreciate that jersey that you haven’t worn in 3 years.
Practice gratitude; write down at least 3 things in the morning that you are grateful for.
Spring clean your home.
Work in your garden, plant new plants, pull out weeds or start a veggie patch.
Stay away from electronics before bed, No electronics at least 30 minutes before bed. Rather read a book before falling asleep. Being on your phone before bed not only stimulates your brain but the blue light that your phone emits interferes with the production of the sleep hormone melatonin.
I hope this could help you in some way. Hang in there; it will be over before we know it. Be kind to yourself and don’t be to hard on yourself. Don’t compare your lockdown to anyone else’s. We are all handling this in our own way. Keep spreading the kindness and shining your light!
Lots of love!