Although summer officially starts around the middle of June, with the beautiful weather that we’ve had recently, we are definitely feeling the summery vibes at the moment. We are increasingly feeling the pressures to stay indoors, watch TV and do workouts in our living rooms. COVID-19 is having an effect on us all. We have to take steps to stop the spread of this deadly virus, but that doesn’t mean that we have to sacrifice our mental health to do it!
Here are some of my essential tips to get you through this difficult time, whilst still keeping within the guidelines set by the government.
1. MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR OUTDOOR TIME
The most recent update from the government states that we are allowed to leave our homes once per day to exercise. There is no time limit on the span of your exercise, however, it is just suggested that you try to minimalize the time outside of your home.
So my top tip would be to make the most out of your chosen form of exercise! Do something different each day. I enjoy going on long bike rides. I try to find different routes and trails to explore, and when you run out of different paths to investigate – try going out at different times of day! Going out in the evening instead of the middle of the day is a great way to mix things up and enjoy the cool almost-summer evenings. Exercising will also give you a large dose of endorphins which will increase your happiness!
2. PROTECT YOURSELF AND STAY SAFE!
It goes without saying that when we do venture outside of our homes we need to practice social distancing and other protective measures to ensure we don’t come into contact with COVID-19 or any other nasties. This lockdown is hard enough as it is, nevermind trying to deal with all of this whilst feeling under the weather, or worse!
So my next top tip is to make sure that you’re looking after yourself, if you are anything like me then you have been spending a lot of time in the garden. So it’s very important to keep yourself protected from the sun by applying lots of suncream, wearing a hat when necessary, and sporting a swish pair of sunglasses! Not only do you need to look cool when lounging in the sun, you also need to be able to see and protect your eyes. I have recently discovered an online shop dedicated to sunglasses called MisterSpex, contact lenses and varifocals. The choice is incredible and there are many high-end brands and designers to choose from, My Favourite has to be this pair from the Mister Spex Bora collection as they’re very dainty and cute.
3. VIRTUAL SOCIALISING
Not being able to go out and see your friends is incredibly hard. I am very much looking forward to the day I can meet up with my friends for a cup of tea and maybe a sausage, cheese and bean melt from Greggs!
But until then, I will have to settle for chatting to my friends and family on the phone and socialising with people in a virtual world. Recently, as you may know, I have been totally addicted to Animal crossing. There were a few problems initially when I tried to connect to other players, but once I got it working, me and my Animal crossing pals have been having a fantastic time running around catching bugs and shooting presents out of the sky! I’ve found that the Nintendo Switch is a great platform for connecting with your friends and playing some wholesome party games. I would also highly recommend Mario kart and Super Smash Bros! And if you don’t have a Nintendo Switch there are a wide range of free online multiplayer games that any computer can run, have a search and see what you can find!
What are your essential tips for surviving the isolation?