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Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
HOW TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE AT HOME
Whilst we will all have good days and bad days, there are things that you can do to help keep yourself feeling energetic, productive and optimistic
By leanne walstow
03 april 2020
Today’s reality is so far removed from what any of us had envisioned for 2020 that if you’d told us a few months ago, we would have never believed you. With the current lockdown measures in place, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and trapped in your own home, but it’s far more important to remember that staying home is the single most effective thing all of us can do to help slow the spread of Covid-19.
Whilst we will all have good days and bad days, there are things that you can do to help keep yourself feeling energetic, productive and optimistic. Here are 10 ways that you can go about living your best life at home:
1. Set up a home spa
Bring the spa to your living room and set aside an evening for indulgent self care. Light some candles, run a bath, pop on a facemask (you could even make one during the day!) or try your hand at some nail art. It’s more important than ever to make sure you’re making time to look after your own wellbeing. Bonus points if you turn off your phone throughout!
2. Get in the kitchen
Few things are more comforting than a home cooked meal or more delicious than a home-made cake. Get busy in the kitchen trying out new recipes and rediscovering old favourites - if you have leftovers drop them on a neighbour’s doorstep and make their day. If you’re ready to play the long game, crack on with meal prep in the morning and set a stew to slow-cook throughout the day.
Permission granted to sit on the sofa and stare into space whilst thinking of post-lockdown life. Start a Pinterest for a trip you hope to take in the future, or make a list of the local restaurants you want to try - looking ahead is a great way to stay optimistic about the current situation and remind yourself that this is not forever.
4. Conquer your bookshelf
Shelf full of books that you never get the time to read on your commute? That hefty classic that you’ve started at least 5 times staring you down? Frankly, there’s no better time to get lost in a fictional world, so put the kettle on and nestle down to lose yourself for a few hours. Imagine the bragging rights when you emerge from quarantine having conquered ‘War and Peace’... If you want to make reading a social event, start a book club with your friends and discuss your reading over a video chat each week!
5. Get crafty
Doing something with your hands is a great way to soothe anxiety and keep yourself busy without over-exerting your brain. Dig out the materials from a long-abandoned hobby and get painting, stitching, printing and making! If you’re interested in sewing look up tips and tricks to repair and upgrade your clothes: thrifty, sustainable and an updated post-quarantine wardrobe - a winner all round.
6. Stay in touch
One of the silver linings of our current global situation is that people are finding themselves more in touch with friends and family than ever. Maybe it’s because we all have more time, maybe it’s because we have a new appreciation for what is truly precious, one thing is for sure: video calling has never been so popular! Organise a virtual pub quiz with your work friends, cook along with your mum, use the House Party app to reconnect with university pals or join a Zoom yoga class.
7. Learn a new skill
Learning something new during this period is a great way to make sure that your days still feel productive. If you’re looking to upskill yourself for work, try learning how to code (easier than it sounds) or take an online course, many of which have been made free or are being heavily discounted at the moment. If you’re dreaming of all the trips you’re going to take post-lockdown why not learn a language so you can chat with the locals on your adventures!
If you’re feeling powerless at the moment there are some super easy things that you can do to help without breaking your self isolation. The NHS volunteering programme is looking for people to call the elderly and vulnerable a few times a week, just to check in. With many people isolating alone, a simple phone call can make a huge difference to someone’s day.
9. Maximise your time outdoors
If you’re using your daily trip outdoors to exercise, try to make sure you’re doing this at the best time - maybe it’s in the morning to get you set up for the day, or perhaps you find an evening wind-down is more beneficial. Either way, try to take advantage of the longer days to get some vitamin D and head out before the sun sets. If you’re keeping your exercise indoors, your daily outing is a fantastic way of exploring your local area, noticing nature and rediscovering the joy of walking with no destination - try practicing mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing whilst you’re walking for a real reset.
10. Treat yourself
If you’re in a financial position to buy more than just the essentials, treat yourself to something that will make your quarantine a little brighter; whether it’s a pair of shoes that you’ve been lusting after, a bunch of flowers to brighten your home or some fancy bread from the supermarket. Many small businesses are struggling right now so take time to do a little research to discover some small sustainable brands making beautiful things. You could even add a note to your order letting the company know that safety of their staff is more important to you than how quickly you receive your order - every bit of kindness counts!