Although some rules have been relaxed, the official guidelines are to stay home as much as possible. So, how are you managing your personal wellbeing during the Coronavirus lockdown? As we end week 11 and enter the weekend here are some ideas.

Stay connected

Having a sense of connection with family and friends is important for our mental health. Ensure you schedule calls or video chats with your family and friends during lockdown. In addition, there are many online book clubs, virtual coffee groups and online workout challenge groups that you can join in order to avoid feeling isolated.

Routine is your friend

It can be easy to fall into bad habits. Set out a routine that clearly distinguishes between work time and home time/family time. For example, try to sit down at your desk for work between 9am and 6pm. Schedule regular breaks and a lunch hour, just like you would at the office. Schedule dinner for around 6pm so that you have a hard stop at the end of your day. You should also reward yourself with some family activity time or hobby time, at say, 7pm, etc.

If you have the space in your home to have a dedicated work area, try to use that part of your home for work and keep the rest of your home for family time/non-work time. The physical separation of your work area and non-work area helps you to create head space and can help you to avoid being over worked and becoming stressed.

Keep yourself active

Gyms and public swimming pools are still closed for now but it is important to stay active. Commit to a regular exercise routine and choose one or two activities that you like and that suit your physical capabilities. There are lots of free resources available online including exercise classes, Yoga, Pilates or tai chi lessons that you can follow. Get outside and exercise in the local park. Enjoy the sunshine when you can.

It is also important to keep your mind active by reading books, eBooks or the news (but perhaps limit the amount of Coronavirus -related news that you consume).

Focus on positivity

People across the entire world are dealing with uncertainty at the moment. There is no point focusing on the things that you cannot control. We can all control how we communicate and that can provide a sense of positivity during these uncertain times. Focus on the positive and talk about what you can do rather than what you can’t do. If you maintain a positive outlook, you will tend to feel more positive, more of the time. This will also tend to have a positive impact on those around you and those that you interact with.

This weekend why don’t you try do some baking or try a new recipe for the family. Maybe even dress up for dinner instead of staying in your PJ’s!

Whatever you do, remember to take time away from work, away from screens and focus on your wellbeing and the positive elements of lockdown. Fingers crossed the end isn’t too far away!