We've teamed up with Shop4Plymouth to help keep you happy and occupied while in Lockdown! Please send in your lockdown tips and we’ll add them to the list. The more creative the better!
Here are our top tips so far 😊
1. Keep to a routine – everyone is in unfamiliar territory so keeping some normality and routine is vital. Try to get up and go to bed at your normal time. Getting enough sleep, eating regularly, and keeping hydrated will help optimise your health to fight the bugs off.
2. Variety is the spice of life - A variety of activities will help stave off any boredom, you don’t have to just resort to boxsets and the TV. Gardening is a great activity, and fun to do with kids. You don’t even have to have a garden, as many things can be grown easily on a windowsill. Reading a book or keeping your mind active with puzzles, there’s loads of FREE activities available online, for the family.
3. Regular Exercise & fresh air – exercise is often the first thing to go out of the window when our daily routine is disrupted. Exercise not only keeps us physically well, but is also a great way to de-stress and protect our mental health
4. Healthy eating – when our routine is disrupted or we get stressed, eating habits can go to pot. Try and eat regular meals. Avoid too much snacking. Be adventurous with cooking and learn some new culinary skills. If you have kids at home, baking or cooking is a fun activity to do together and educational for them too.
5. Limit social media & news feeds – it’s great to stay informed but getting obsessive and tuning in all the time can be detrimental. If you are finding your anxiety ramping up, try to stay away and limit access to once a day.
6. Help neighbours – elderly, unwell, or immobile neighbours are going to be at greater risk during this period.
7. Stay connected, make the most of technology – we are fortunate to live in an age where there is a huge number of ways to keep connected. Just because you are in isolation doesn’t mean you can’t keep in contact via telephone or video call.
8. Look after your mental health – as mentioned already, routine, exercise and avoiding too much social media/news can all help safeguard your mental health.
10. Relax, give yourself a break – particularly relevant if you are trying to juggle working from home with or without kids who need home schooling/supervising. Cut yourself some slack and don’t put yourself under too much pressure – everyone needs a bit of me time and a break.
Shop4Plymouth is an online platform set up by the Plymouth City Centre Company and Plymouth City Council with support from Plymouth Waterfront Partnership to reconnect you with local stores and help you support your local retailers in Plymouth. Here, you can continue to buy essentials and favourites from a range of local businesses, packaged up ready for contactless collection or delivered safely to your door – everything from fresh food to gifts and even special treats.
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