Covid-19 changed my life completely overnight. I don't mean to sound dramatic, but it changed the lives of many around the world and not in a good way. NHS staff are working round the clock trying to save lives. There are households with young children where both parents must juggle work and care for their children. And there’s the unknown territory of home schooling. Accountants with all that extra work in relation to claiming CJRS and advising their customers about what financial help is available for them during this crazy lockdown period.
Our daily routine is no longer our daily routine. That’s out of the window and we are all trying to adjust to a completely new routine. And this has a big impact on everyone’s mental and physical health.
We at Nomisma have come up with a few stress busting solutions that might help.
The most important thing to do is to keep busy. The busier you are, the less lonely or isolated you feel. It is important to focus on your mental and physical health given the current situation. My prescription is for a sound body and mind.
Tips to take care of your head space
Meditation – A simple 15-minute meditation at the start and end of every day could go a long way managing stress and tiredness.
News about Covid-19 – Watch/read the news once a day. Keep this to a minimum and only watch/read the news from a trusted news channel. Do not dwell on this subject throughout the day. Read a book instead. My recent read was a book that I read when I was in junior school – A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Keep in touch – Make video calls and keep in touch with your friends and family. Share a joke or two and laugh out loud.
Media – Catch up on some light-hearted comedy movies and TV series to keep your spirits high. Time to subscribe to Amazon Prime or Netflix if you haven’t already done so.
Board games – Board games are fun to play with your family. If you are separated from your family due to the lockdown, why not try some online gaming on HouseParty You could invite up to 8 members of your family and friends and play games like Heads Up!, Chips, Trivia, and Quick Draw.
Music and Dance – Play some loud music and dance a jig. Ting!
Tips to keep fit during lockdown
Now that we’ve taken care of the head space, let's talk about how to keep the body alive and not get too lazy.
Do a daily 30-minute run, jog or walk outdoors. Try and do this first thing in the morning.
Learn a new skill. Take some online salsa dancing classes. Or sign up to Tik Tok to make your own funny dancing videos.
If you are unable to go out, make use of some YouTube home workout videos to get some cardio done at home.
Do some yoga to work on the mind and the body. This would help giving you a fresh start to the day and could also help with any sleep deprivation.
And finally enjoy your weekends, especially if your weekdays are busy juggling work and kids. If you are one of the lucky ones with a garden, just sit out and relax under the sun.
From Nomisma to everyone - Stay sane, stay safe, save lives and have a BIG smile.