Our top tips for surfing the emotional lockdown waves
By Amy Shackell
So you’ve baked banana bread, now what? Managing mental health in lockdown is no day at the beach. We’re here to help you create good habits so you maintain a sense of purpose and positive momentum, while you’re out there surfing those emotional lockdown waves.
Embrace your inner Bridget Jones. Whether you’re a ‘dear diary’ kind of person or more of a dot-pointer, journaling can be a great way to regulate your emotions. Vent, be accountable to yourself, track progress towards goals or just make a list of the things you’re grateful for; you’ll feel instantly lighter for it.
Work it out
We’ve all been guilty of hitting the Ubereats a little too hard and feeling those extra lockdown kilos. Keeping moving in lockdown can make a huge difference, even if it’s just 20 minutes a day. Whether it’s roller skating, weight lifting or just shooting some hoops, make it something you enjoy. An activity that genuinely excites you will go a long way to keeping the habit. Stay accountable by getting a running buddy or ticking off your progress on a calendar and you’ll be back in the swing of things in no time.
Finding the daily monotony of drinking water just a wee bit boring? A good way to boost hydration is introducing some variety. Healthy drink options such as prickly pear water or ‘cactus’ water as it is referred to is a natural hydrator, similar to aloe vera or coconut water. Containing electrolytes, antioxidants and adaptogens, cactus water is a simple health hack, giving your body with all the nutrients it needs in an easy and delicious way.
Adaptogens popular in eastern medicine are known for their stress relieving properties, while nootropic ingredients also in cactus water enhance both cognitive function and memory. So for those looking to step up their hydration game, cactus water is a delicious way to maximise your nutrient and water intake with very little effort at all.
Get out of your head
Cabin fever? With too much time cooped up in the house, overthinking is almost inevitable. Listening to podcasts and audiobooks can help you channel your thoughts down more positive and productive avenues and even help to make you feel a little less isolated.
Hey goal-getter! Small daily goals are a great way to regulate your emotions during tricky times. Keep them simple and super achievable or if it is a bigger task break it down into chunks and take it bit by bit so it’s less daunting. The satisfaction and momentum you’ll get from ticking off these small goals will give you a sense of purpose and control.
Feeling flat? Sometimes picking up the phone is the best way to get out of our heads. Checking in with how other people are doing, can take you out of your own thoughts, and give some perspective. Online therapy has also been a popular option during lockdown, removing one of the biggest obstacles many have towards getting help - no more sweaty, anxious waiting rooms, talk to someone from the comfort of your home.
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