How To Make The Most Out Of Lockdown
WE'RE ALL HOPING THAT LOCKDOWN WILL BE OVER SOON... BUT WHAT WILL YOU DO TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THE TIME LEFT?
Staying in is the new going out! But not because it’s suddenly cool, but because self-isolating has been mandatory in the UK for a while now. And in these final lock down weeks it really pays to be prepared. No, I don't mean start again with the panic-buying pasta, stockpiling hand soap or hoarding loo roll, but instead just giving a little bit of thought as to how to manage and make the most of the extra time at home to become the best version of yourself. It could be a great time to achieve some personal goals before the world goes back to the 'new normal'.
It's not all been bad, though has it? Practicing social distancing or self-isolating can also be an opportunity to tune into your own well-being by focusing more on a healthy diet, sleep, exercising or taking walks more than you normally would (in less-crowded areas, that is). It could even be an opportunity for self-improvement through online learning too. Or, even reading those books that you’ve never found the time to do or getting through those series on Netflix that people always recommend… (on that note you should try 'Too hot to handle' and 'Outerbanks') ...the time left in lock down is yours to do with what you want!
Remember though, it’s important to stay in touch with others during this time. Modern technology, fortunately, allows us to FaceTime our friends and family to stay in touch, thereby helping to reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation during this time.
You could use this extra time to develop your fitness and get into a simple exercise routine. Plus, it is thought that physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways which will reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other illness. Exercise also slows down the release of stress hormones. Some stress increases the chance of illness, therefore lower stress hormones may protect us against illness.
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Walking and fresh air:
It can be really helpful to get outdoors in less crowded areas and get some fresh air; it will be good for you as outdoor air is a natural disinfectant. Breathing clean air and getting some sunlight and vitamin D can be great for you. And, if you can’t go out then remember to keep your home well ventilated with open windows to get the fresh air circulating.
Good luck with making the most out of the rest of lockdown.