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The Great Indoors – 5 Tips For Navigating Lockdown

by Jessica Amey

The global troughs and peaks of tackling Covid-19 mean that in many nations we’ll have to get used to total or partial lockdowns taking place regularly over the next 6 months at least.

That’s a sobering thought, but since we’ll continue to spend more time online than ever in our own homes it’s vital that we do everything we can to keep calm, cool and collected, continue our career and educational pursuits (albeit in adapted forms) and look after our physical and mental health.

If you’re struggling to get to grips with the great indoors, take a look at these five tips for navigating

  1. Music
    For may of us, music is the ultimate escape and when the world feels like it has turned upside down, the intimacy of the radio or our soul-stirring Spotify playlist feel even more like sweet sanctuaries than ever.

    So whether you like listening to heavy metal, R&B, Hip-Hop, Drum ‘n Bass, Dancehall or Indie, turn up the volume at least once a day and dance like no one’s watching!
  2. Mindfulness
    There’s no doubt that even if we’re not directly affected by Covid-19, the sudden change in lifestyle, pressures on finances, job worries and isolation undoubtedly take their toll on mental health, so it’s vital that you take steps to mitigate these risks.

    Mindfulness is a good first step – a secular version of Buddhist meditation, it involves simple visualisation and breathing exercises you can perform in a few minutes from anywhere. Download an app like Calm to get started.
  3. Tutoring
    Schools are back in many nations but it’s uncertain whether that will remain the case and long periods already spent away from the classroom have caused disruption, particularly for those due to sit exams in the coming year.

    However, a tutor service like Teachers To Your Home offers virtual lessons from qualified teachers on any subject and this might be the extra push your kids need to achieve exam results commensurate with their abilities.
  4. Reading
    If you like nothing better than losing yourself in the pages of a good book, spending more time at home during lockdown can let you complete those half-finished or never-started tomes that have been on your reading list for years.

    If you struggle to get out to a physical bookshop, apps like Kindle enable you to download millions of titles and Blinkist is brilliant for condensing factual books into digestible chunks.
  5. Exercise
    Keeping fit and healthy can be a challenge but even if you can’t get out for a park run because of childcare or other commitments, you’ll have to try to flex those muscles indoors for that vital rush of endorphins that give you a natural high, as well as all the other benefits of keeping in trim. This no-equipment workout from Runner’s World can be performed anywhere and it’s extremely effective!

    Take these five fab tips for navigating the great indoors onboard and you’ll handle lockdown like a champ – and appreciate your former freedoms more passionately than ever once they’re reinstated!

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