With the new measures requiring we stay at home during lockdown, many people are seeing a rise in the deterioration of their mental health. Here are some tips we’ve put together at mouse squeak to help you keep the blues at bay.
1.GET PLENTY OF SLEEP
Getting 7-9 hours of sleep is crucial to maintain optimum mental and physical health. Avoid staying up late at night using your laptop, phone or TV. Make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep so you can wake up every day feeling fresh.
2.DEVELOP A ROUTINE
You’re staying at home doing nothing, why keep a routine, right? It’s important that you create a schedule for your day. Go to bed at the same time and wake up around the same time every day. Make a written schedule of what you plan to eat and do at each hour of the day.
Exercise daily, at least 30 to 40 minutes. As there are so many different exercises out there to choose from, I can only recommend Pilates from experience. If you do decide to go out for a jog be sure to adhere to social distancing.
Don’t allow boredom to creep in. Stay distracted by watching movies, baking, board games etc. It’s very important to keep the mind occupied during this crisis.
5. GET CONNECTED WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
At least 5 times a week keep connected with family and friends as visiting them during lockdown is not possible.
6. Old Or New Hobbies
Whether you’d like to revisit an old hobby or indulge yourself in a new one, hobbies are a great with to be distracted. Have an old guitar you have not played in a while? Bring it out. If you like knitting or sewing now is the time to hem that skirt or knit your loved one a scarf for the winter.
7.INCREASE YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Increase your learning and skills. For example, I’ve decided to use my language learning app Babbel to hone in on my Italian skills.
LIMIT USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
I don’t know about you, but my news feed is a never ending stream of covid19 stories. News about cases and deaths can really trigger an episode of panic and anxiety. It’s not good for ones mental health so limit use of it.