For many of you, like myself, the gym is a place of refuge.
It’s not just a location for physical exertion but more a channel for mental release.
With most of the world now locked down and being isolated in their own homes, the outlet we once had to get some headspace is gone.
You may have felt slightly restless during lockdown and probably a little bit anxious.
Whilst these are normal emotions to feel, we still have control over our habits, thoughts and actions on a daily basis.
Therefore, it’s more important than ever that we take care of our mental health, especially in times of solitude.
In this article, I want to share with you some tips that you can use on how to deal with isolation.
These are my own anecdotes so of course, take what I say with a pinch of salt but I do think you’ll find these 5 strategies valuable.
It’s very hard to have a clear headspace when your day is based on spontaneity.
Try to get up at the same time each day and finish work at the same time each day.
Set yourself a 9-5 work day like you’d usually have and then take the rest of the evening off.
This will help regulate you, mitigate the amount of distraction you have and stop your from overworking yourself.
One thing I’ve realised from being on lockdown is that I don’t spend enough time with my family.
This is the perfect time to cook dinner for your household, have a drink with them on Friday night and generally just be sociable with your family.
Your parents and loved ones are only getting older, so cherish the time you have with them.
If you don’t have family to spend time with, socialise with other members of your house or Skype your friends.
It’s vital that you get some sort of social human interaction each day, even if it’s virtual.
Whilst the gym is off limits, spending 30 minutes – 1 hour a day training from home will do wonders for your headspace.
The endorphins released through exercise will automatically put you in a better mood and have you thinking clearer.
If you haven’t already, download my FREE Home Workout Program for ideas on how to train at home.
Sadly, the news is only going to make your isolation more painful.
The media sells off of panic and the more than you’re consumed by their breaking headlines, the worse your mental health is going to be.
Find out what the important government guidelines are for the day and then switch it off.
This is going to drastically reduce your anxiety whilst at home.
You’ve now got more time to yourself than usual without a commute and likely reduced working hours.
Use this time to learn a new hobby, study a new language or launch your side hustle.
An hour investment into yourself each day will compound into something substantial by the time this lockdown is over.
Make the most of your time as it’s your most valuable resource you have.