Keeping busy during lockdown

29th May 2020 By: Amaani

One of our Young Champions shares tips that have helped her in lockdown.  

The word ‘lockdown’ may be very daunting, but essentially it’s just staying at home. But I also realise that, for lots of people, social interaction is a way of coping. So this period of lockdown is difficult.

For me personally, I want a sociable environment because it can help me to distract myself from feeling low. Before the lockdown, I was very anxious about it. I knew that, in the past, being alone allowed my thoughts to spiral out of control and I ended up struggling quite a bit. I was determined not to let myself get into that mindset during the lockdown period. So far, I’m pleased to say that I have been surprisingly alright.

These are some tips that have helped me during lockdown:

  • Make a list: Write down the things you are going to do that day, and try to stick to them throughout the day. It’s nice to have a plan, and this gives me a sense of purpose for the day. If you don’t end up completing that list, don’t worry – you will have a lot of time to complete it! The list is only there to set your day out, it’s not there to be fully met all the time.
  • Have a sleep schedule: Sporadic sleeping patterns messed with my head, so getting enough sleep is key. Try not to go to bed too late or wake up too late.
  • Find new hobbies: I have decided to paint, play piano and bake. There are so many new hobbies you can discover. It can even be as simple as singing.
  • Go outside: Make sure you get enough fresh air, such as by spending 20 minutes in your garden. If you don’t have a garden, even just a stroll around the block can make a huge difference.
  • Keep in touch: Even if you can’t physically be with your loved ones, you can still contact them. It’s important to support others around you, and to also receive support yourself. Just a quick phone call with family or close friends can improve your mental wellbeing. I have been using different apps to connect.
  • Take time to relax: Downtime is also important. I have invested in watching a few series, which is a nice way to pass the time! I have really been enjoying ‘Money Heist‘ and ‘Glee’. Or how about watching some of the must-see movies?

I hope these tips are as helpful to you as they have been for me. I do feel optimistic that we will get through this eventually. Try not to worry too much. Hopefully I have given you some ideas for how to look after yourself and keep busy!

If you are a young person and looking for mental health support at this time you can visit our website for advice and resources.

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