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25 January 2021

My Top tips for staying sane during lockdown!


I don’t know about anyone else, but I know that I’m struggling a lot more with Lockdown 3.0 than the 1.0 and 2.0 put together! It just feels a lot harder than the others but maybe that’s because of the weather, uni work being intense and STILL online, I don’t know, BUT what I do know is its so important to stay sane, stay connected and stay safe until life can resume some kind of ‘normality’ again!

So, I come at you with my top tips for surviving lockdown 3.0 and all the things I’m making an essential part of my routine, so my mental health does not deteriorate!

1. Practice Self-care!

The tip that seemed most relevant to start with is, practice self-care as it all starts with you! Get into a routine of taking care of yourself and you will instantly start to feel better mentally.

Some self-care ideas include:

  • A good pamper- take a bath/ shower, wash your hair, exfoliate and moisture, put on a facemask, get into fresh clothes, or pyjamas whichever you’re feeling.
  • Read a book, and I don’t mean the study kind, one that will lift your mood and take your mind of everything happening around you.
  • Meditate/Yoga, this will 100% help relieve any stress you’re feeling.
  • Do your makeup (if you wear it!)
  • Play your favourite playlist.
  • Have a day off social media.

I could go on for ages with self-care tips, but I think you get the jist. The trick is finding what works for you, and then take time to yourself to practice what does.

2. Go on a walk!

There are SO many benefits to walking, both mentally and physically, it’s definitely one of my favourite things to do! Walking for just 30 minutes a day boosts your immune system and eases symptoms of anxiety and depression, how good is that!

Following Government guidelines, you can meet with one person for a form of exercise, so why not ring up your friend and go on a socially distanced walk to catch up, just remember to stay local!
Some places to walk in Ormskirk include:

  • Ruff Wood
  • Coronation Park
  • Gorse Hill Nature reserve.

3. Have a Netflix Marathon!

Can’t go wrong with a bit (or a lot) of Netflix, can you? Sometimes a day just watching back-to-back films/series is 100% needed, even when the ‘are you still watching?’ message appears, Erm yes Netflix, don’t be so judgey!!

Another blogger recently done a post on Netflix recommendations which could give you lots of great ideas if you are struggling with what to watch so make sure to check that out! My recent favourite is How to get away with Murder and next on my list is Bridgerton!

Play a game / have a zoom quiz!

Games can be a perfect way of socialising, especially if you are still at university with your flat mates! Or even with you family is just as good! I have definitely played a lot more games this lockdown.

Same favourites include:

  • Uno- this game makes me super competitive and definitely gets conversation flowing. It can be purchased on amazon for just £5, definitely worth the money!
  • Cards Against Humanity- the party game for horrible people! This game is so funny, and I love playing, I would just say probably not one to play with the parents, but your friends will definitely enjoy this!
  • Monopoly- I mean all we have is time to kill and monopoly definitely does just that! So, if you are feeling competitive and have a few hours to spare then get it out!

If all fails with card games or you are isolating on your own, then Zoom is definitely the next best alternative! Arrange a day and time with your friends and create a quiz, maybe have a couple of drinks whilst playing, there are so many examples on google!

I hope this Blog helped in some way with ideas on how to make this lockdown easier! Stay safe!

By the McComb Bloggers

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