How will you stay content during a lockdown?
Today it is reported that 25% of the World’s population is in lockdown. If my maths are correct that’s a staggering 7.8 billion people. Although a lockdown can have a different connotation from country to country (some countries citizens are simply not authorised to leave there home at all, other authorities are taking a more casual approach allowing people out to carry out certain tasks). The fact is for the time being most will nevertheless experience long periods at home.
Out of these there will be those that bring their work home, albeit on a dining table or laptop in the corner, and those that don’t. What should we consider important now we are at home? I already wrote in a previous blog how best to use time if you are working from home, so I thought I would follow this by exploring what we might be doing to stay active and content if we are in lockdown when we are not home working.
One would imagine that not everyone is comfortable with being at home. Long stretches of staring at the couch and what might appear to be endless days roaming rooms with nothing to do. How do we stay healthy in mind and body in our home with no work?
A walled garden or a prison? Your choice
Being confined in any space with restrictions can play heavily on the mind. We like and need to control our lives and consequently the space around. Any loss of control can cause stress. When we are told we must not leave our home sometimes that very place we love could begin to close in on us like a prison. But what if we were able to take back control over it and accept the situation? Can we begin to relax again?
Where prison is where one feels confined without control a walled garden fills us ease and calm.
Suggestions on how to turn your home into a walled garden
Clean your home. Not only does it protect against the spread of illness, it also makes being at home a lot more pleasant. It fills up a portion of your day and adds to your routine.
Don’t get stressed with misinformation. If you are going to feel comfortable during lockdown, choose your sources of outside information carefully. You only want the facts. Be careful of the media. Watch the news, for sure, but don’t just stay glued to cable news. The worst thing people can do is sit around and watch TV or watch their screens and look for the hourly update of numbers. But if spending too much time looking at screens is driving you nuts or making you worry, shut it down. Information is power and having the right [sic] info can be helpful in stopping yourself from freaking out. You don’t need to go overboard on research, but it’s a good idea to be aware of what you should do if you do think you’ve contracted the coronavirus.
You know all those shows and movies you’ve been meaning to watch but never get around to? Make a list — yes, an actual list — of the titles, and you’ll never run out of things to watch. An addition checkout your bookshelf. I bet there’s a few worth dusting off and giving them reread. If you’ve got kids and they are running around the home, let them. They are getting some exercise. But also pull out the board games and puzzles. Have some craft supplies on hand, if that’s your thing. In academia some schools are doing their best to offer a clipped version of the curriculum over internet using various learning tools. Be sure to check in with your school to see what their expectations are.
Keep physically well. And perhaps the easiest way to stay healthy is to maintain proper hygiene. You don’t need a face mask (unless you’re sick), but you should be washing your hands regularly (and remember, soap and water is just as effective as hand sanitizer).
Get some exercise. Go out once a day (if you can) as part of your routine. If not get into the garden. If you don’t have a garden and live in an apartment, open a window and breathe in fresh air. Spend doing something physical. Even in confined spaces it is possible to follow some form of workout.
Order from your local takeaway. Don’t forget many small food businesses are likely to still be trading and offering a delivery service. A few of the apps are offering free delivery during these uncertain times, so you can bring the “mountain to mama”.
See and talk. Today internet tools allow us to communicate in ways we wouldn’t have dreamed about 20 years ago. Keep In touch with loved ones and checking their welfare and concerns online.
This is unique moment we have to spend with our families and partners. It would be nice to use these days in a reflective moment thinking that when this all over we will walk out into the bright sunshine a wiser and more contented person. Keep safe.
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