If you live alone then lockdown is a whole different experience to those at home with family, housemates or partners. At a time when we all naturally seek comfort from others, living alone can be hard but there are things that you can do to care for your well-being.
Here are some top tips for surviving lockdown alone.
One of the best things you can do is keep in contact with your loved ones, although you may not be able to visit them in person there are plenty of ways to stay connected. Zoom has proved very popular with those who enjoy video calling and it’s completely free! Even a short chat can brighten up your day and make you feel more positive.
Try and take each day or week as it comes. If you enjoy making lists, making a small plan for each day can help you organise out your day and stay occupied. Having structure can add some normality back into your life, from spending the morning doing household chores to baking and tackling all of the jobs you’ve been meaning to do, thinking short-term rather than long-term can help.
Your body and mind are very much connected so if you’re not looking after one the other may suffer. If you’re missing the gym or you just want a little boost, make sure you’re getting in daily exercise, such as walks outside or workouts at home – make the most of free YouTube workouts! There are also lots of virtual classes you can join if you want to social too, or why not host your own?
You must remember that it’s going to take some time but lockdown will pass and things will get better. Staying occupied and filling your day with fun things is great but don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t want to do anything. Take time to rest as well as being active – it’s about finding the right balance.
Stay safe, stay connected and stay positive!