Emotional well-being tips for lockdown 2.0
Let's be real. There’s a lot to feel bleak about right now. Lockdown 2.0 means limited access to friends and family, no pubs, restaurants, gyms or retail therapy for at least four weeks – and maybe longer. And with family Christmas hanging in the balance, shorter, colder days and dark nights, it’s understandable if you’re finding things especially tough right now.
Structure your day
Start the day right and this will set your mood for the day. This may be by making a hot drink, taking a brisk walk and writing your plan of action for the day.
Excessive scrolling on social media can help you to stay occupied and feel as though you're in the know of what others are up to, but too long on there can create anxiety and stress. Remember, most people only share their highlights. Limit your time on your phone and spend more time outside.
The switch to home-working can be hard, so you need to maintain normal working hours, get ready for work as normal, take regular breaks, schedule in a lunch break and be strict with yourself when it's time to switch off. If possible, ensure your workstation is away from your relaxing space.