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How to handle lockdown, and stay sane in the process

When the president announced the lockdown extension, people realised they’d be home for even longer. During this time, let routine be your saviour.


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The days had already started to melt into each other and cabin fever was at its peak — and now more of the same? Do not despair; there is a way to make the lockdown more productive.

The answer to making lockdown seem less like a prison sentence and more like time to yourself to do as you see fit is routine. A good routine is underrated. Routine is often linked to boredom, but I’m here to show you how it can change your life for the better.

Wake-up call

Try not to sleep all you like; stay productive. Don’t aim to kill time; time is a very precious commodity we do not have enough of, make this time count.

The things you would normally outsource because you do not have enough time, you can now do yourself and save some money. Try not to leave them till after the lockdown; you can wash your car, do your laundry, cook your own meals, clean your own house or do a bit of gardening.

Establish a time to get up and out of bed. You can get up later than you normally would, but try to avoid staying in bed all day; this might leave you feeling lethargic.

Take time to work out and eat properly

You can find workout resources on most social platforms. Your body needs some exercise, do not deny it its basic right.

Also, figure out meal times and try to stick to them as much as possible. Boredom can feel a lot like hunger. Make sure you are, indeed, hungry before you reach for that snack. Now, is the time to clean up your eating habits. Eat to nourish your body more than you do for sheer enjoyment.

When you do go out for groceries, take care to limit the amount of unhealthy food you bring in the house because that is what you will have to survive on. When you would like to snack on cookies, you will have to snack on carrots instead. Being housebound does tend to increase our food intake. More food intake with less body movement could spell disaster at the end of lockdown.

Assist your mind

If you have an anxious mind, try yoga, prayer or meditation. It sometimes takes a while to get into a new discipline, but success only comes through effort. It should not be your ultimate goal to be happy. Happiness is great but happiness is often a synonym for comfort.

As it is often said, “A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there”. Embrace the discomfort that comes with trying something new and believe you will be a better you on the other side of effort. How much effort you are willing to put in will determine how much success you will reap.

Invest in yourself

This is also the time to learn a new skill. There are many online resources that give free instructions on a wide number of topics. If you are so blessed as to have access to these resources, use them. Read books, read online books. Take a course. Plan for the future you want. Are you living the life you love? If not, start dreaming about what your best life would look like. Why are you not living it? What do you need to make it happen? Come up with a plan or at least try to figure out what the next step you need to take is.

Do something nice for someone else. It is easy to get caught up in your frustrations and discomfort but thinking about someone else, doing something nice for them will definitely lift up your spirits and remind you that there is purpose to the time you have on your hands. Try to connect with people in your circle, nurture your relationships, and forge new ones. Create your tribe.

Proactive mindset

Let this time not go to waste. You are not locked. You are being a superhero, saving lives and staying indoors is your superpower. You are not forced to stay inside, you choose to and thus you choose what you do with that time. Be deliberate about how you use it. And if you need rest — rest.

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