6 Top Tips for Beating the Lockdown Blues

Apr 11, 2020

How are you all coping with the lockdown? It’s been three weeks now and doesn’t look like it’s about to end. That’s not good news, is it?


Whether you're holed up with family, partners, house shares or going it alone, spending all this time without the social interactions we’re used to can create anxiety and depression. Concerns about your own health, your loved ones' health and job or financial uncertainty are also valid worries for everyone. So, it's totally understandable if you're feeling a little bit more anxious or on edge than you normally would.  But don’t worry, while being in lockdown can be lonely and frustrating, there are ways to boost your spirits and socialise from the comfort of your home. To help you stay positive and productive, I have created:


6 Top Tips for Beating the Lockdown Blues


We have actually been navigating the situation pretty well in my family, mostly because we have set some ground rules that we all try to stick to. I would now like to share them with you and hope they can help you and yours.


Coping strategies


1 – Routine


This may sound obvious, but it’s really important to try and maintain something like a normal wake/sleep cycle. Don’t forget that having good sleep hygiene is so important for health, energy and our ongoing battles with stress, so please give sleep all the priority it deserves. Even though it’s tempting, try not to get nocturnal because it's not good for us. That means turn the Netflix off. It will still be there tomorrow.­čśé


We all need to have structure and predictability during these times of uncertainty, so it also really helps if you try and work at the time you normally would. If possible, try and get the kids to do the same.  Also, eat at the time you normally would as it all helps to keep us in a really good routine and improves our mood.  Eventually, this will be over and the more you stick to your regular routine now, the easier it will be for you when we go back to normal.


2 – Planning


It’s really helpful to start the day with intentions and goals. (Check out my vlog 5 Tips to Set Intentions that Change Everything!). If you can, try to add time frames and then stick to them. You don't have to be rigid with this, but it’s very helpful to think about how you're going to fill your time both together and alone. I really want to emphasise this point because we all need some alone time as well as together time. None of us are used to spending so much time together and we need to be clever about how we manage it. That includes planning our time apart as well as our time together. Time alone can be used for creative, physical or developmental activities (this includes chillin’). In my house, we spend a decent amount of hours pursuing our own things.


Generally, our together time focuses around eating. We all gather for mealtimes and have worked hard to make them fun. For example, we have been doing a "Dinner through the Decades" challenge recently where every 2-3 nights we have a decade theme with its own music, clothing and after dinner game. I try to do the best I can with the food, but that's the smallest part of it. We have already done the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. It’s really fantastic to see how creative everyone has been!


3 – Creativity


Finding ourselves confined to our homes is actually a great opportunity to flex the creativity muscles we don’t usually have time for. You can engage in activities that encourage positivity like meditation, deep breathing, keeping a journal, reading a book, doing some painting or coming up with a new recipe.  You can also use this time to declutter and organise (check out my Vlog 5 Steps to Fast Track Your Productivity and Get You More Time! ). My 10 year-old has discovered a love of baking (delicious but almost impossible to resist!) and my 2 older girls have completely cleared and revamped their rooms and bathroom – it’s been almost a decade since this was last done.


You can also come up with specific and meaningful goals that you want to accomplish like reading that book you’ve been meaning to get to, painting, drawing or singing.  Setting a goal and accomplishing it really lifts your mood and brings other people pleasure as well. You can also make your friends be party to your creative moments by asking them try out your new recipes or give reviews about your paintings or stories. You can also challenge them if you both enjoy the same activity - do your own bake off!


4 – Movement


It is so important for our moods, our energy, our general health and stress levels to maintain regular exercise. You don't have to turn into a fitness freak but just make sure that you're getting some movement in every day. I have been combining a daily walk with food shopping and have averaged 7-10 thousand steps a day. Not every day, but most days. It is so important to keep moving and to take advantage of our “one exercise outside a day” opportunity. Following on from the idea of setting small, achievable goals, you can also set small physical goals to achieve daily like walking 5km, doing 30 minutes of yoga or even simple things such as cleaning house or doing laundry.


There are also so many options available online from aerobics and yoga to personal training and Pilates. Next week, my own personal trainer will be joining me LIVE in my Facebook group (link here) to give you 2 15-minute workouts that you can do at home even if you don’t have any gym equipment. No excuses!


5 – Communication


If the quarantine has taught us anything, it’s how to use SkypeFacebook MessengerZoom, and FaceTime. It is so important for us to use these tools to maintain meaningful connections with friends and loved ones. A good idea is to make a scheduled weekly call to reconnect with a friend or family member. Every 3 days, my extended family has a Zoom call with participants from all over England and Australia. We each take turns making a quiz, a Kahoot or other challenge to keep those competitive juices flowing. What’s family without competition?


The standout communication app you'll have been hearing a lot about is Zoom, a video conferencing tool that has seen an explosion in use since the masses have started working from home.  With fun features like a beautification filter and virtual backgrounds that mean you can conduct your meetings from atop Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the Eiffel Tower or Space, the app has overtaken old favourites like Google Hangouts and Skype to become the video calling app of choice during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s not just for work though! It’s great to arrange online chats with individuals or groups of friends and family too.


6 – Social Media


Let’s take a moment to talk about Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and the hundreds of other platforms that keep us connected with each other. Not only can you participate in conversations about any topic you can think of, but you can also learn new skills or improve existing ones. These platforms really provide a golden opportunity to connect to like minded people going through the same things you are who have knowledge and wisdom to share.


In fact, that is one of the main reasons I have recently relaunched my Facebook Group, Female Entrepreneurs Craving Time and Financial Freedom. We all know that running your own business can be hard and lonely work and that’s without a lockdown! I’m here to let you know that you don't have to do it alone. My community of amazing women, who are also entrepreneurs, offers accountability and advice alongside empathy and support as you try to get more visibility, connections and clients.  We're here to help and support you on your journey with mentoring, coaching and a community who gets exactly what you're going through. 


Right now, as we’re all going through this lockdown, our main priority is taking care of the physical, mental and emotional health of our families. That’s why I have written this article, to help you come up with productive and rewarding ways to spend your time while trying to maintain some much-needed positivity. That is also why I have been talking about meal planning and recipes so much lately. To give you a solution to feed your family so that you can get back to making you and your business a priority again.


I am putting it all together in my Facebook group from 20-24 April when I will be running a FREE 5 Day Menu planning Challenge with all the tools, tips and strategies you need to save TIME and Money. I hope you will join me for the challenge, and I would really just love it if you came along to my group, Female Entrepreneurs Craving Time and Financial Freedom to join our community. Just click here to join and I look forward to getting to know you soon!


Committed to your success,


Marina x

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