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November 25, 2020
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Janet Escobar

Lockdown 2.0: How to stay strong during a tough time

You are so much stronger than you think you are. Yes, we’re all going through a tough time right now, but let’s not forget about how we’ve been through this before and made it out the other side. We can all be grateful for so many things, so it’s important to remember these, make a list if it helps, and realise that no matter what, you are not in this alone. You are an incredible person, and it’s so, so, so vital that you never forget that!

Physical health is essential, but let’s not forget about mental health. A second lockdown is what many think is inevitable at this point.  It’s important to take a minute, understand the impact the first lockdown had on you, and be prepared for if/when it hits again.

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Physical health is essential, but let’s not forget about mental health. A second lockdown is what many think is inevitable at this point.  It’s important to take a minute, understand the impact the first lockdown had on you, and be prepared for if/when it hits again.

No pressure.

When lockdown first hit, people we’re taking on fitness challenges, picking up all these new hobbies, and generally living their best lives. At least this is what I thought after scrolling through my Insta feed. Just because others seem to be doing all these activities during their lockdown doesn’t mean you have to be doing them too. Repeat after me: Instagram is not real life. Not only this, but everyone is dealing with the lockdown in their own way, and that’s OK. We all have days where we want to attempt that Chloe Ting workout, but we also have those days where it’s challenging to get out of bed, and a duvet day is needed. Check out this article for top tips and tricks on how to stop comparing yourself to others: https://www.thefemalehustlers.com/post/how-to-stop-comparing-yourself

Small gestures go a long way.

Stay connected. Check on loved ones. They’ll need you just as much as you need them. It’s a horrible stat, but just over 1 in 10 reported experiencing suicidal thoughts or thoughts of hurting themselves during the first week of lockdown. (Source: https://www.samaritans.org/about-samaritans/research-policy/understanding-our-callers-during-covid-19-pandemic/what-do-we-know-about-coronavirus-and-suicide-risk/) Don’t underestimate the impact a 5-minute phone call can have on your loved one's mental health, and your own included. Not only this, but there are so many activities that can now be held on Zoom for you and your friends. We’re talking wine tastings, dinner parties, and group yoga. All of which are a lot of fun and can help brighten anyone's day.

Get to know you.

It’s time to get real. There’s never been more of a reason for you to embrace your emotions, understand how you’re feeling, and be more mindful. It’s a difficult time. Never before have we lived through a global pandemic. We don’t know how to feel, but taking the time to listen to our thoughts, make sense of them and find ways to deal with them is so important. It’s also the time to realise it’s OK not to always feel OK. Demi Lovato said it best, and we STAN. Write down your thoughts, make a note of what you’re thankful for, and give meditation a go. And remember: You’ve got this!

It’s time to switch off.

Know when to stop. Whether that’s from work, from reading the news, or simply scrolling through Instagram, it’s important to take a break from your phone. It’s such a force of habit to pick it up 465 times every hour, but it’s not doing you any good. So make a conscious effort to leave your phone in another room, turn off your work laptop at 5:30 pm and not watch the news until the early hours of the morning. You’re not doing yourself any favours. For help with how to fully switch off when you finish work in the evening, check out our article here: LINK.

You. Are. Strong.

You are so much stronger than you think you are. Yes, we’re all going through a tough time right now, but let’s not forget about how we’ve been through this before and made it out the other side. We can all be grateful for so many things, so it’s important to remember these, make a list if it helps, and realise that no matter what, you are not in this alone. You are an incredible person, and it’s so, so, so vital that you never forget that!

Article written by Imogen and edited by Janet Escobar.

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