Staying sane during the lockdown

Continuing with our theme to share ideas and tips for working and living through these strange times, we thought we’d suggest some ideas on keeping your mind fresh whilst staying at home.

Continuing with our theme to share ideas and tips for working and living through these strange times, we thought we’d suggest some ideas on keeping your mind fresh whilst staying at home.

From Clare Chan:

If you are working from home, why not create a standing workstation?

For the past weeks, I have been working at my desk sitting down.  I increasingly felt a need to break this habit to sharpen my mind so I decided to work standing.  If you don’t have a tall table? Try using books or perhaps a small stool. Working standing up keeps my mind sharp and active. I am also able to concentrate on my work much better so why not give it a go!

Find a new exercise

Very frankly, I am not the best cyclist. Living in London for quite a few years now, I have never cycled on the road.  This weekend, I jumped on a Santander bike as my once a day exercise. It was terrifying at first, but by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone makes you feel much more refreshed and stimulated, especially we are now spending a lot of time at home and might get a bit too comfortable at times.

Take a virtual museum tour

Miss travelling around the world and going to museums? Google Art & Culture has everything you need to keep yourself entertained.  It has virtual tours from the Pyramids to Anne Frank’s Family Home.  They also have over 3,400 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours of some of the most famous museums around the world.  Still bored? They have an Art Selfie function where you can see who you look like in the world of paintings!

From Claire Law:

It can feel like the weeks are starting to blur a bit now and it’s important to make sure we look after our mental health as well our physical. I’m much better at making myself do exercise, partly so I can eat and drink what I want but also as I (usually) enjoy it! It’s harder to remember to make an effort to look after our minds so here are some of my ideas:

Keep a diary / log of things that made you happy each day

I have a beautiful little book I try to fill in (admittedly I don’t do it every day) with at least a couple of things that made me smile that day.

Make time for some gentle meditation

There are lots of free apps out there you can use to help you relax / sleep / stay calm. We don’t want to recommend any particular one (I use Headspace but there are lots of other ones, try this search for a selection: https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/g25178771/best-meditation-apps/

Have a routine

Even if you’re not working right now, it’s a good idea to have a routine in place so you get up, get dressed and find time to do a mixture of things. Try to go to bed at the same time and get up at a normal time. If you are working then make sure you take proper breaks and try to leave your workspace behind while eating.

Make time each day to communicate with friends and family, maybe keep in touch with at least 1 friend each day, by phone, email or post.

Please share some of your ideas with us!

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