If you’re looking for ways in which to stay safe and stay positive during this lockdown, here are 9 best practices that you should follow to ensure the safety – mental and physical – of yourself and others around you. Read on to know what to do.
1. Stay safe
Taking all the necessary precautions during this time is of the utmost importance. Try to stay indoors when possible, but when you do step out whether it is to pick up groceries or to shop, make sure you are wearing a mask and carrying sanitizer. Make sure to avoid crowded places and only visit stores that are taking necessary measures to keep their customers safe.
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2. Create a routine
Spending so much time indoors can lead to every day melting into the next. The consistency and certainty of a routine is soothing during a time like this and simple things like getting dressed in the morning or creating a dedicated workspace can help in making you feel better. Start your day by creating to-do lists so you can prioritise your day based on work, household chores and personal time. Make sure to schedule in breaks through the day as well.
3. Eat healthy
There’s no better time to create a healthy diet plan than now. A well-balanced diet will not only improve your mood and lower stress levels but also enhance your immune system that helps fight disease. The best way to make sure you’re getting a healthy meal in every day is to plan for groceries and by making a daily or weekly meal plan. Load up on fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. You don’t have to give up comfort foods completely – plan treat days as well, so you don’t feel too restricted by your diet and you still get to enjoy your favourites!
4. Exercise regularly
Miss going to the gym or going for a run? You don’t have to forgo your exercise routine while you are in lockdown. There are many online classes for yoga, Pilates, cardio or weight training with detailed instructions and short videos you can follow in the comfort of your own home. Even if you don’t have any exercise equipment, you can get a good workout in. Exercising regularly has a lot of benefits including boosting your immune system and helping you cope with stress and anxiety – something we all need at this time.
5. Stay connected with loved ones
Being separated from loved ones can be a very challenging aspect of being in lockdown. In the absence of being with family and friends, a voice call, message or video call can make a big difference. Try different activities like a Netflix party or sharing a cup of tea or a meal together over a video call to stay connected.
6. Help where you can
If you are in lockdown with your family or flatmates, make it a point to help each other out with household chores or anything they may need. Everyone is finding this time difficult in their own way, so reach out to those who need help and lend a hand where you can.
7. Double mask up
With the second wave of the pandemic upon us, double masking has become a more effective way for staying safe. Why double mask? Wearing two masks can provide a better fit preventing air leakages around the corners. It also increases filtration – it doubles the layers of protection around your nose and mouth. So, when you’re stepping out, try and wear two masks.
8. Sanitise and wash your hands
Depending on where you are, sanitise your hands or wash them with soap and water. When washing your hands, make sure you scrub them for at least 20 seconds as the soap lathers before rinsing them under water. For sanitiser, it is recommended that an alcohol-based sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol is used to effectively kill germs and clean your hands.
9. Stay positive
Whether it is finding a new hobby to keep busy, meditating or talking to a close friend or family member, find things that make you happy and help you feel positive. Be kind to yourself and practice self-care and love including taking the time to take breaks and give yourself the chance to relax and unwind.