Coronavirus -Top 5 Tips on How To Survive Lockdown

How is everybody feeling?

I’ve always been the eternal optimist, but I have to admit it’s hard to feel chipper all of the time. This time last year we had never heard of Coronavirus, Covid -19, Furlough, Self-Isolation, and Lockdown. But now this is the world we live in.

There is so much uncertainty with what the world will look like on the other side of Covid-19, and it’s easy to waste the day trying to figure out what that means for your future.

However, if there’s one piece of advice I would give, it would be to stop trying to predict the future and instead focus on the day.

Here are my Top 5 Tips on how to survive Coronavirus lockdown:

1. Look for Inspiration

It’s hard to start the day negative when you think about the people around you who inspire you. Here’s a few examples of people who boost my mood.

  • My children who are loving being off school, and want to share a room and cause mischief into the night. The eldest goes to high school in September, so I know his little sister will soon get ditched, so watching them bond during Lockdown definitely lifts my spirits.
  • My family and friends who work in the NHS trying to kick Covid-19’s arse.
  • My friends who are going through chemo and know the true importance and meaning of isolation.

And what would we do without Jo Wicks every morning and the money he is raising for the NHS? Enough said!

2. Money: One Day at A Time

We can’t ignore the fact that we are all going to struggle, but you can’t let the uncertainty over consume you.

No one knows when this will end so you can’t, with all the planning in the world, fill in the gap, as we don’t know how big the gap is! For your own mental health don’t spend all of your time focusing on this.

Instead aim to focus on one ‘money’ thing a day, whether it’s applying for a grant, or creating some work to sell online, or stop a subscription to a magazine you never read and save some money.

If you do a ‘money job’ a day, you are building strong foundations for whatever fate has in store.

3. Try Something New

Let’s face it. Doing the same thing day-in, day-out, can be dull as dishwater. We might not be able to venture far but walk the dog in a different direction. Offer to walk a neighbour’s dog. Bake the bread you’ve always wanted to, learn a new language, or make a wish on a wishing stone, you never know it could work!

4. Stay Active

Exercise your body and your brain.

  • Go on a walk, take advantage of your daily allowance to get some fresh air
  • Do some gardening
  • Clean your windows
  • Try a Davina workout which I’m loving – currently free 30 day sign-up

Just make sure you stay active. One activity a day will definitely keep your body and your mind in fighting shape.

5. Reconnect

Whether you’re in isolation with your family or not, most of us have devices that allow us to reconnect with family and old friends. Life before Coronavirus was manic. We’re all busy working and rushing around with the aim of rewarding ourselves with a few weeks in the sunshine to relax and enjoy time with our loved ones. Well, we now have it. So, sit back, have a gin and Call Your MUM!

Stay safe everyone,