5 Ways To Fight Lockdown Blues
Is 2021 feeling much more ‘meh’ than ‘yeah’?
It’s a scary world our there and with many of us already launched into another lockdown for the foreseeable future, our emotional resilience is being tested to its very limits.
Protecting physical health is definitely paramount, but we should guard against our mental health deteriorating in the process, which is why it’s more important than ever to spend at home on those things that nourish our hearts and souls.
With that in mind, take a look at these five fantastic ways to fight lockdown blues.
- Music magic
With most live tours and one-off gigs suspended indefinitely, don’t bet on getting up close and personal with your favourite artists any time soon.
However, this might be a good time to catch up on a few 2020 albums that made things feel a little bit better, such as What’s Your Pleasure by Jessie Ware, Big Conspiracy by J Hus, Ungodly Hour by Chloe x Halle, and Good News by Megan Thee Stallion.
- Revitalizing reading
For many of us, the smell and feel of an old-school paper book is enough to send us into paroxysms or pure pleasure, but even if electronic books are your bag, it’s been a bit of a purple patch for literature.
If you haven’t read them already, lose yourself in the likes of Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain, David Keenan’s Xstabeth, or Jenni Fagan’s Luckenbooth.
- Cathartic exercise
Did your keep-fit obsession from lockdown 1.0 collapse into a buffet of crisps, sausage rolls and alcohol, resulting in a bit of a paunch and a semi-permanent hangover?
Get back on the exercise bandwagon with the likes of Joe Wicks and his revamped PE With Joe sessions or invest in a kettlebell (if you can find one!) and try some daily HIIT sessions.
- Self-improvement through study
If you have the time and wherewithal and fancy a more formalised activity which could convert your spare time into a career-changing degree, why not start an online course with a specialist institution like ARU Distance Learning?
Alternatively, there’s a vast library of fascinating free articles available online at The School of Life which can seriously improve your emotional intelligence.
- Building an online business
The pandemic has made many of us reassess whether the traditional working pattern of a crowded commute and 9-5, Monday-Friday working week with an all too brief two day weekend as respite is really conducive to health and productivity.
If you feel this way, it’s never too early to make plans to migrate to your own online business which you can flex around your lifestyle – talking to digital marketing experts like Maratopia is a decent first move.
Pick whichever of these 5 lockdown blues deterrents best float your boat and hopefully they provide the headspace and energy boost required to stay strong during this toughest of times – stay safe!