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Wed 20 May 20 12:13
The spread of COVID-19 has meant most of us have had to adapt to life in lockdown at home, which poses challenges for our mental health and wellbeing. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed, isolated, frustrated or just bored.
To help to create a bit of positivity in your life and the lives of those around you, we’ve put together our top self-care tips and practical suggestions to survive the Coronavirus lockdown. We hope this brings some genuine benefits to how you feel and approach each day. Let us know if you have any ideas to add to the list!
A special shout out to our hen party groups whose plans have been affected by COVID19 – we’ve included some ideas for how you can still help the bride to feel special, keep your bride squad motivated and advice for how to reschedule your hen do.
A positive morning routine is the most important first step you can take to improve your mood and productivity each day during lockdown. What that routine includes will look different for everyone.
Some of our fave morning mindfulness activities include:
With so much going on in the world and most of our lives changed drastically due to Coronavirus, it’s easy to focus on big problems. And with less happening in our day-to-day routines, we have fewer goals, events and less news to keep ourselves motivated.
The trick is to find smaller things to be grateful for every day and to give more focus to the simple pleasures and developments in our lives and relationships.
If I decide not to have a shower in the morning and get dressed in my “appropriate to go out in public” clothes, then I just feel like I’m less than 100% for the rest of the day. Do you get this?
We’re seeing people wear their formal gowns to the family dinner table or dress up in their corporate bests for a Zoom team meeting and it’s for good reason. Being so removed from your normal routine that you don’t even get dressed isn’t healthy.
Don’t get me wrong – there are some days where a lie-in and comfy house clothes are a must. Just make sure you try to keep a semi-regular routine, which for me means:
We could write a whole article about at-home fitness during the Coronavirus lockdown. I don’t know about you but working from home has definitely increased my waistline a bit. However, staying at home doesn’t have to mean you can’t exercise or find small ways to keep moving.
Try to do one small thing each day that helps you to feel active and motivated. In order of difficulty, we’d recommend:
Note: An honourable mention is needed here for all the mums and dads who are taking care of little ones and homeschooling. They’re probably doing more exercise than ever before.
Whether you’re off work, have been furloughed, working part-time or still working full -me, you’ll still find you’re home more often than you used to be during the Coronavirus lockdown. Which means we’re all having to find new ways to occupy ourselves.
Some of our favourite ideas for new hobbies or skills you can take on are:
Be kind to yourself and remember that you won’t always have the energy each day to be a superhuman and master 10 new skills in 10 hours. But it’s a healthy idea to keep a small project ticking over every few days or to learn small parts of a new hobby or skill slowly over a few days, weeks or months.
Keeping in touch with those you love is a small but important piece of maintaining your mental health and wellbeing during the lockdown and in normal everyday life.
Pick 1 person each day and video call, voice call or simply send them a text. Ask them how they are, tell them how you are and try to have a laugh. The loneliness that can come with the lockdown sometimes makes us feel like we want to retreat but it’s reaching out to our closest friends and family that helps pull us out of those feelings.
It’s also important to note that, with global travel still at a standstill, many people are living away from home and unable to visit their families (I’m one of them). If this is you, then it’s so important to call home as often as you can to keep yourself feeling connected until this is all over.
If you’re one of our hen party groups that had to cancel your weekend away this year, then maybe you could plan a virtual hen party to keep your ladies connected and make the bride feel special?
It can be hard to find the inner strength to pick yourself up and create positive thoughts in your own mind. Maybe you’ve tried everything on this list and it’s just not coming from within yourself today. That’s completely ok!
One of the most sure-fire ways we know of to lighten your inner load is to do something kind for someone else. The act of giving boosts your natural endorphins (hello happy drugs) and can give you the lift you need whilst improving someone else’s day.
You can go big with a gesture of some sort:
Or you can keep it super simple:
Life at home can make the days all blur into each other after a few weeks and months. Besides the tips in this guide, you should also create a special moment in each day to practice self-love, compassion or fun. Being kind to yourself during the lockdown doesn’t just mean you shouldn’t judge yourself, it also means you should feed yourself with small acts that make you happy.
These are my favourite ideas for how you can treat yourself:
Spending more time at home can make it pretty obvious pretty quickly that you own too much or you haven’t done a deep clean in a while. Now is the perfect time to do a bit of decluttering around your home – spending time in a space you love will help you to stay positive and happy throughout these challenging times.
Now, you could take some baby steps or go into full minimalist mode with your decluttering. Some ways you can start the process include:
Just make sure you don’t give away that Disney Princess dress you might need for your hen do theme or those gorgeous heels that would really complete your hen party outfit!
Note: It’s super important to consider the environment when you’re decluttering. Remember to try to repair, recycle, gift, lend or donate items before you consider throwing anything out.
If you don’t have to be anywhere in the morning or if your commute now consists of a walk from the bedroom to your desk, then you might find your bedtime is creeping later and later (guilty...). However, getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do to support your mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Maybe set an alarm an hour before you’d like to be in bed each night to remind yourself to wind down?
So many people’s plans and goals have been put on hold due to Coronavirus. With the timeline for coming out of lockdown and the future rules about social distancing still a bit uncertain, it’s important to keep some of your plans and goals alive and kicking in your mind (and maybe even in real life).
This could mean simply visualising where you’d like to be or what you’d like to do once the lockdown is over. Or you could actually go and book a holiday in for 2021! Whatever you decide to plan for, make it something that excites you, make it realistic and make it happen!
Speaking of goals for the future, if you have a rescheduled or new hen party to plan in late 2020 or in 2021, then you’ve come to the right place!
To make sure you cover all your hen do bases, check out our Hen Party Planning Guide first. You’ll get guidance on:
If you know where you want to go for your hen do and you’re ready to book everything in, then go to your chosen hen destination in Ireland, the UK or Europe and submit your booking request with no upfront deposit. We can’t wait to help with your perfect hen party and just reach out to our team if you have any questions.
To help the bride-to-be to still celebrate her original hen party trip date, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to planning a virtual hen party. She’ll love the effort you make to help her feel super special on the day and it’ll get all the girls excited for the in-person hen party down the track!
Last but definitely not least, our blog writers and social media team here at The Foxy Hen have been working on overdrive to bring you the best hen party ideas and wedding tips / inspiration for all those rescheduled hen parties and weddings for later this year or in 2021.
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