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13 Wellness And Self-Care Ideas For Lockdown At Home

A. Healy
Wed 20 May 20 12:13

A woman sitting on her bed at home to meditate

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.

1. Start Your Morning Right

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:

  • Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up
  • Have a shower first thing, even if you don’t have to go to work
  • Do a 10 minute yoga session to stretch out your body
  • Do a 5 minute mindfulness meditation – focus on your thoughts and how you’re feeling in your body and mind at that moment. Try to turn your mind to positive actions for the day.

2. Focus On Small Positives

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.

For example:

  • Did you get out into the sun today?
  • Did you have a deep catch up with a loved one?
  • Did you make a meal you like?
  • Did you or someone you know celebrate some good news?
  • Have you started a new hobby?

3. Keep To A Routine

Healthy breakfast for wellbeing

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:

  • Shower at the start of your day
  • Have a proper breakfast
  • Take a proper lunch break if you’re working from home, homeschooling or doing anything else intense
  • Try to get outside at least once (when it’s safe to do so)

4. Remember To Keep Moving

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:

  • Setting an hourly alarm to get up and stretch if you’re working from home or doing some serious couch time
  • Get up for a water and loo break every 2 hours
  • Use the upstairs bathroom instead of the downstairs one (if you’re a lucky so-and-so that has two)
  • Go for a 5 minute walk around the block in the morning and/or evening
  • Challenge yourself to conquer a local hill (over a few days or weeks)
  • Do some at-home yoga or fitness workouts on your phone or TV
  • Do a Couch To 5K running program on your phone
  • If you’re already a runner or cyclist, set yourself a new distance or speed goal to conquer

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.

5. Start A Manageable Project Or Learn Something New

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:

  • Learn a new language
  • Start researching your family tree
  • Try journaling (you’ll appreciate a record of your Coronavirus life in years to come)
  • Try some craft projects
  • Start a veggie patch or grow herbs in pots
  • Learn a musical instrument
  • Start a book club with your friends and family
  • Write a song
  • Start a podcast
  • Become a runner or cyclist (if you’re not already)
  • Write poetry or a book
  • Learn how to draw or paint (maybe try a paint by numbers first)
  • Start a collection
  • Learn to cook a new cuisine
  • Learn to bake
  • Try home brewing (cider is easy and tasty!)
  • Make your own homemade wine
  • Make your own cheese
  • Start a family quilt
  • Learn to knit and make a gift for someone!
  • Learn to do macrame

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.

6. Contact A Loved One Every Day

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.

Staying In Touch With Your Hen Party Group

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?

7. Do Something For Others

Woman writing a love note to her partner

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:

  • Send flowers or a hamper
  • Buy a digital voucher for someone
  • Record a funny or silly video and send it to a loved one
  • Write a letter to an elderly relative, neighbour or friend
  • Ask a neighbour if they need any help (groceries, walking a dog or just a chat through the fence)
  • Bake something as a gift for someone (keeping social distancing in mind when you deliver it)
  • If you know someone working in a frontline job, ask if you can order some takeaway for their team (make sure it’s appropriate)
  • Plan a group video call for someone’s birthday or anniversary to help make it special for them
  • Do a chore around that the house that someone in your family hates doing
  • Make a family member breakfast in bed
  • If someone in your household is still going to work or school in person, leave a note for them in their bag, pocket or lunchbox.
  • Donate food or household items to a food bank or charity
  • Make someone a homemade gift – e.g. a scarf, something they can frame or a tasty treat

Or you can keep it super simple:

  • Ask someone how they’re doing, particularly if you know they’re struggling
  • Send a funny picture or gif to someone
  • Post on social media asking your circle to reply with something positive – e.g. a good piece of news, something funny or a favourite quote
  • Thank an employee for their hard work at a supermarket, hospital or police checkpoint
  • Place a note in a neighbours mailbox with a positive thought
  • Reach out to a friend you’ve lost touch with
  • Let someone go in front of you in a queue
  • Make your loved one’s favourite meal
  • Send a message to a friend or family member telling them what you love about them
  • Let someone in your household pick a show or film they love to watch in the evening

8. Be Kind To Yourself And Practice Self Care

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:

  • Make a special meal
  • Buy a new eBook or online film
  • Run a hot bath
  • Make a tasty dessert or have something sweet
  • Listen to your favourite album
  • Listen to a good podcast
  • Read a good book
  • Give yourself a manicure or pedicure
  • Hug your dog or cat
  • Do some yoga
  • Meditate
  • Rearrange a space in your home
  • Watch one of your favourite movies
  • Make a fancy coffee
  • Try a new tea
  • Light some incense or scented candle

9. Take The Opportunity To Declutter

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:

  • Go through your wardrobe and clear anything you don’t wear, fit into or like anymore
  • Organise your kitchen cupboards
  • Tidy up your backyard or garden
  • Go through your book, DVD or music collection to see if you need them all
  • Tidy your bathroom cabinet
  • Rearrange your bedroom to make it feel new

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.

10. Get To Bed On Time

Getting a good night's sleep

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?

11. Have A Goal In Mind For The Future

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!

12. Plan Or Reschedule Your Hen Party

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:

  • Choosing your hen party destination
  • Surviving the politics of who to invite
  • Inspiration for hen party themes
  • Ideas for your hen do games
  • Which hen party activities, accommodation and food options to choose
  • How to book your hen weekend away with The Foxy Hen team

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!

13. Fall In Love With Our Hen Party And Wedding Inspo Online

Hen party macarons and pink roses

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.

Follow us on @thefoxyhen on Instagram or Facebook to get inspired and check out our latest blogs for more detailed ideas:

Author: A. Healy

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