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Feeling Low About The Lockdown?
As we enter lockdown 2.0, here’s some advice for mental wellbeing
Deep breath. Here in the UK, we’re entering the second lockdown of 2020. And, it’s tough. The last lockdown tripled cases of anxiety and depression across Europe. A combination of isolation, loss of routine and now, we’re doing it the dark.
It’s less than ideal.
But, whether you’re on furlough, still working or somewhere in between, here’s our advice on how to get through it.
From embroidery to knitting, the UK has become head over heels for crafting. Whether you’re looking for something mindless, or mindful, a lot of crafts can have some serious benefits to your blood pressure and mental health.
It’s also a hobby that you can pick up and put down, which is ideal for those who are struggling to focus on one task at a time.
Not sure where to start? Try a craft kit to help you get started. Our favourites include Stitch With Skye, to help you create interesting and modern embroidery. Or, Lauren Aston’s knit kits if you fancy creating yourself a scarf.
Routine, Routine, Routine
It’s really easy to fall out of a routine, especially if you’re furloughed. Days start blurring together when you’re in your fourth day of pyjamas and Kitchen Nightmares on repeat. So, setting yourself a routine can really help.
Creating yourself a structured day, whether that’s just that you’ll go for a walk and cook something interesting, or that you’ll clean your bedroom from top to bottom, this structure is essential to us feeling positive.
Unsure of where to start? Pick yourself up a weekly planner to stick to your wall, we love Sigh Studio’s ‘Daily Balance Sheet’. More of a digital soul? Apps like Asana and Trello allow you to build a handy to-do list that you can access right from your phone.
Everything you need to get started with a new hobby.
Keep by your desk-side, or fold up today’s agenda and stay productive on the go.
Feeling low? Try the Lumie SAD lamp, designed to help you with sleep.
60 prompt cards designed to help you find perspective on life’s sorrows and regrets.
When we’re feeling low, it’s really easy to withdraw into ourselves – to ignore your phone/ friends/ the outside world. But, staying connected to our partners and pals is essential to our wellbeing. It’s worth scheduling a weekly call with a friend or family member to catch up.
Living with a partner? It can be a strain on a relationship when you feel like you’re living on top of each other. Allowing yourself some alone time, whether that’s working in another room or simply going for a walk, can really help.
Speaking of going for a walk, exposure to nature is essential to reducing stress. A gentle stroll through a park or outdoor green space can reduce our blood pressure. So, staying active where you can give your mood a well-deserved boost.
Not near an outdoor space? Try yoga. The combination of gentle stretching and breathing can help you feel calmer.