TIP 2: EXERCISE & GET OUTSIDE
Exercise is so important for resilient mental health. Getting outside regularly and at the very least, daily, will be sure to keep your mood up. Not only will you be getting more sunlight and vitamin C, but the fresh air will also refresh you and leave you feeling invigorated.
Additionally, regular exercise will help to regulate your basic needs, most importantly: sleep!
Sleep is often the first thing to fly out of the window when we suffer with our mental health. And in an unfortunate Catch-22, lack of sleep can further contribute to increased stress, anxiety, and other troubles. Check out our guide to getting better sleep here!
So, be sure to get outside every day. Even a 20-minute walk will do you a world of good!
As for exercise, be sure to get your blood flowing by going for a run, cycle, or a vigorous walk. If you prefer to workout indoors away from the cold, be sure to check out our blog on staying fit from home here.
TIP 3: DON’T SET YOURSELF UNREALISTIC GOALS
When it comes to the national lockdown, everyone has a different way of dealing with the major changes to their lifestyle. As long as these aren’t negatively impacting your health, there are no right or wrong ways to do this!
However, the temptation to compare our situation to someone else’s is strongly ingrained in us and isn’t helped by our dependence on our phones and social media. The important thing to remember is that everyone is different and works at different speeds.
While your neighbour might have run 5 kilometres, meal-prepped her week, and caught up with her family all before breakfast, this doesn’t mean the same is expected of you.
Setting yourself unachievable goals for a lockdown will leave you feeling de-motivated and will affect your feeling of self-worth. Nothing worse than that!
Instead, take things at your own pace. Check in with yourself regularly: are you doing too much and feeling burnt out? Are you not doing enough and feeling lethargic? See how you feel and most importantly, take care of yourself!