5 ways to stay calm during lockdown

As you are all aware, we are currently experiencing a global pandemic that has resulted in the country being stuck in our homes. I know many people may be struggling with this, so here are some tips on how you can keep yourself calm and happy at home during this lock down.

Music

Music always has the ability to keep me calm. If I am ever having a bad day, or feeling like I need a bit of cheering up I will put some music on and it instantly makes me feel better.

Different types of music effect your mind and body differently. For example, faster paced music is more likely to keep you alert and help you concentrate better, up-beat music will improve your mood and make you feel more optimistic, and slow music has the power to relax your body and prepare you for sleep.

So whatever mood you are in, whether you are sad or happy, stick some ear phones in and let your body and mind enjoy the music.

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Baking /Cooking

For a lot of people, baking cakes or cooking yummy recipes for themselves or the family, is very therapeutic. According to my research, cooking can have a very calming effect on someone,  as it is something that takes up all of your attention and can take your mind off things.

Beating eggs, weighing flour and sugar, decorating cakes, following new recipes; all of this can create space in the mind and can stop any negative thinking. Considering the situation we all find ourselves in at the moment, what better way to spend your day than making delicious food and forgetting about all the bad stuff in the world.

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Workouts

This ones for all you sports people out there! During this lockdown I can imagine you are all itching to be back in the gym. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still get the exercise you need in the comforts of your own home.

There are tonnes of different ways you can keep working out at home. Some of you may have treadmills, cross trainers, weights etc. but workouts can be done without all that as well.  Simply going for a walk once a day can keep your mind clear and calm throughout this lockdown.

It can be as simple as downloading an app or putting a DVD on to your telly where you can access free, easy and fun workouts to enjoy by yourself or with your family at home.

Exercise releases what they call Endorphins and they make you happy. And at a time like this any bit of happiness is very much treasured.

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Self-Pampering

Pampering yourself and just taking care of yourself in general is a positive way to reduce most health problems, especially mental health issues. During this pandemic, mental health is one of the things that is effecting a lot of people a lot more than it normally would, so if you are one of them people its worth trying everything you can to keep yourself happy and entertained. And yes, that means all the men as well because there is nothing wrong with a man pampering himself!

Maybe run yourself a nice hot bubble bath, whack a facemask on and relax with some Netflix. Or spend the evening giving yourself a pedicure or a manicure. And for you girls, just because you aren’t going anywhere doesn’t mean you can’t paint your face with makeup and maybe try out different looks.

There are so many ways to pamper yourself and I know for a fact whatever you do you will feel so much better for it.

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Making Time in the Day for Family and Friends

This is a very important one to staying calm and happy during lockdown. There are many of us, including myself, that are unable to be with their family and friends and I know it can be very hard at times.

However, this just gives you all the more reason to make them a priority throughout this by video calls, messaging or even just a normal call. Just because you can’t be there in the flesh, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still show your family and friends the love and attention they also need throughout this time.

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