Lockdown 2.0- How to keep your spirits high and cope with the seasonal blues

So lockdown is upon us again which isn’t exactly what we all hoped for. We all wish we were out sipping on cocktails and going for Nandos dates with our pals, (that first one is going to be unreal). We know it’s not going to be easy, especially with the cold weather coming, the seasonal blues are real. However, now is the time to focus on yourself and have some well-needed self-care time, and perhaps do things you never found the time for in everyday life. Here we have put together some simple activities that could just lift your spirits and help keep your mind distracted. 

Exercise

Being active is the best way to keep your mind and body healthy. Whether it be a walk, cycle, run, skipping, you name it! Anything to get your heart racing and release those endorphins, which will overall help your mental wellbeing. Youtube fitness classes are also extremely popular with Chloe Ting producing fitness videos for all levels you can do in the comfort of your living room.

Read a book

Reading a book is an ultimate form of self-care, a way to escape from the world for a moment a day and delve into a story. It’s also a great way to spend some time away from your phone and unwind in the evenings, as well as stimulating the brain to keep it healthy and active. Online book clubs are a great way to get new recommendations as well as connect with other readers to see their thoughts and opinions on the same book. Book Sparks offers a blog and Instagram to start conversations about books.

Learn a new recipe

Now is the time to get in the kitchen and create some new tasty recipes you’ll enjoy. It is also a great way to save some money instead of spending on healthy takeaways which won’t fulfill you. There are many online videos to help you get started such as Joshua Weissman on Youtube, you never know you might have a newfound passion for creating recipes. 

Check-in on family and friends

Having a good catch up with family and friends is sometimes all you need, you are easily able to set up a group Zoom meeting, Facetime call, or Houseparty to check in with everybody. You could even grab a drink and have a pub quiz night with a different theme each week! 

Have a good sort out

Now is the best time to go through all your stuff and have a thorough sort out of everything you don’t need anymore, (no you don’t need to hold onto that jumper you’ve had for 10 years). You will feel so much better after and is actually another good way to get yourself moving about. Anything you decide to not keep you could pass to your local charity shop or even sell on Depop to earn some cash! 

Written by Lucy Sanders