5 TIPS to survive the lockdown
And here we are again… In a lockdown, forced to sit in our house. Universities, schools and most of works are online, we cannot spontaneously take part in any event. We have to applied earlier if it is even possible. We are struggling with anxiety, fear of our future, depression or just lack of energy and it is only because we can’t make a plan, and we can’t, in a normal way, do something because it may be cancelled any minute. However, that’s how it works right now and I won’t tell you anything about masks, hygiene etc. because I’m not an expert in virology as well a doctor and I won’t tell what is right or what is wrong just please listen to someone educated in this topic and believe them because they have spent probably their entire life exploring this topic.
My duty is to try to keep your motivation, energy and well-being on a stable level or just entertain you with something…
It is super hard to do almost EVERYTHING from home for a long time. We start to lose track of time; we can’t even name the actual day “Is it Monday or Saturday?” and the worst is that we get lazy, sloppiness and sluggish. All we want to do is watching Netflix and… yeah, that’s basically it. But hey! There is a solution for it, trust me I’ve been there, and I can even say that I got over it.
It’s not a miracle spell that will work at once, you have to be patient and be consistent.
1. DON’T STAY IN BED
Your bed is your biggest enemy during this time. I’m not kidding. What upsets you the most? Doing EVERYTHING from your bed. It’s not healthy for your mental health and also it is GROSS but mostly it is totally mentally unhealthy. What you should do instead? The answer is super easy just get up and change the place while having the lecture/working or just living your life. If your couch is a bed at the same time, just fold it. It’s not hard, seriously there are plenty of things that are much harder…
2. GET DRESSED – pyjama is not you daily outfit…
I’m not saying that you should wear a full outfit and make-up everyday but at least put on some pants and t-shirt or sweater but do not stay in your pyjama for a whole day. Not wearing makeup is actually good for your skin and I highly recommend it but what I’m against of is not changing from your sleeping outfit. Why you should do it? It stimulates your body for a different kind of work what is connected with time – daytime. By wearing jeans and t-shirt instead of your fav, baggy, nighty shirt you feel better and functionate differently – more efficiently.
3. MOVE YOUR BEAUTIFUL BODY A BIT
You don’t have to do a workout every day and start practising yoga. Just go for a simple WALK – it’s not forbidden and in my opinion it’s even healthier than torturing yourself with daily exercises. You’re changing your environment, getting a bit of a fresh air and walking increase functionate of your brain and that’s why almost every philosopher and scientist and basically every great mind human being was practising daily walks.
4. CREATE A DAILY SCHEDULE
I make a daily schedule from week to week. It may sound like I’m a crazy psychopath, but It works okay? I divide my day hourly. I have scheduled every lecture and extra activity that I want to do that day. I know what you can think, is she a psycho or what? No, I am not or at least I don’t have a paper for it, but I assure you that it works. It creates somehow a routine and plan that I should stick to and follow it – keeps me busy and motivated.
5. BE IN TOUCH WITH YOUR RELATIVES/FRIENDS
It is really important to have a contact with other people. Our reality has been closed in the virtual world, but we are still humans and we still need social connections, talks, interactions with others. So even if you’re not able to meet with your friends/family face to face – call them, organise FaceTime evening, movie night/quiz night or whatever you wish to do with your friends but just DO IT. DON’T ALIENATE YOURSELF!!!
And most important, darlings, is to change your attitude. The situation is not easy for every human being all over the world, but we can’t change it. What we can actualy change and improve is our mindset. No problem you can lie in bed, watch bunch of series, complaining about the actual situation and minimise your living to the maximum but then don’t expect that something will change in the nearest future… OR you can follow those five easy steps and try to get the best from the worst.
I can’t put myself in the people’s shoes who can barely combine end and end, but I can say a few words from the position of a girl whose busy life full of travels, meetings, events and other currently forbidden things suddenly STOPPED. However, I got over it and I’m not saying that I love it how it is right now I don’t even like it, but I accept it and do my things. I’m trying to get the most of current situation and I hope you can do it too! It’s much easier to endure this world muck