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How to Manage your Mental and Physical Health During Lockdown

How to manage your mental and physical health during lockdown to make it out the other end a happier, healthier you.

 

Juggling your home and worklife balance in this "new normal" can be quite challenging, Synergistics Digital CEO and founder shares her insights into maintaining a healthy balance and holding hope for a positive future.

1 – Look at your Social Interaction

Our 3 week lockdown just became 5 weeks, you may be feeling even more cut off from the outside world and your usual routine and active social lives may be thing of the past.

Whether you're home alone, or with family and friends, you'll find that your face to face interactions may be rather limited, with the little interaction you have, being coordinated shopping trips with your friends where you must still to stick to the 1.5 meter distance rule.

It's easy to close off reality and mindlessly scroll through social media. However, as days roll into weeks it’s becoming more important to get your daily dose of social interaction for the sake of our mental health. A strong support network and community can improve our capacity to cope with stress and will get you through this strange new normal

 

2 - Socialise Digitally

It's never been easier to connect thousands of people around the world, but it's still possible to feel alone even if you arent alone. Take a moment to connect with those closest to you on a daily basis. Hearing a familiar voice or seeing a friendly smile is a great way to feel like you're still connected.

There are multiple apps that you can use to have virtual face to face interaction, apps like Zoom, Skype, Facetime or even Whatsapp Video calls are a great way to bring conversation and laughter into your day.

 

3 – Set up a Workout Routine

It’s no secret that staying active can improve health and mental wellbeing. Why not schedule a workout into your daily routine to get sweaty with your friends from the gym. With hundreds of live workouts to choose from across Instagram, YouTube and digital apps, it’s never been a better time to get fit, whilst staying interactive.

 

4 - Look at Your New Routine

How have you been managing your new work-life balance? Many of you may now need to work from home and if you aren't used to working from home, it's easy to fall into the trap of working longer hours. A blurred line of when work ends and family time begins makes it difficult to sucessfully balance your work and personal wellbeing. Its important to create healthy work boundaries.

Make sure you set a start time and end time for each day and stick to it. Set up your desk in a separate area of your house if possible, and once your day ends close the door to your office or put your laptop away. Make a conscious decision to be present with your family. If you are alone during this time, take this time to develop yourself, learn a new skill, read a book or practice your meditation.

 

5 - Check your Diet

While your immune system can’t be ‘boosted’ by food as some sites will have you believe, eating healthily is important for supporting your mood, mental wellbeing and overall immune function. You may be tempted in this time to grab energy dense foods like sweets and chocolates, but it's important to keep track of your diet as well. Focus on eating as healthily as possible and limit sugar and other junk food as much as you can.

 

6 – Do a digital detox

At the end of this, you may just be feeling like this is just too much, if you're feeling like you're constantly scrolling through social media and all the negativity is affecting you, there is nothing wrong with deleting the social media apps that you feel sap your time and energy. Get up, and do something that you can focus on and control. Exercise, make a healthy meal or simply read a book.

 

The most important thing to remember in this time, is that we are all going though the same thing. We're likely experiencing similar struggles, and possibly similar anxieties too and it's important to connect now more than ever, connect with your family, your friends and your colleagues. Establish your daily routine to include healthy eating, a daily checkin with a friend, include some exercise and create work boundaries. These small steps are sure to get you through the lockdown and out the other end on a positive note.

Kerry-Anne Mathieson
A Cape Town based Marketing Specialist
She has a passion for analytics and online advertising. She says the most exciting part of marketing is the constant need to evolve.  Her daily mantra is “Finished, not perfect”.