How to stay healthy (and sane) during a lockdown

This idea of a lockdown is a whole new experience to us all and it is important to look after both mind and body during this time.

Here are five ways to help you stay healthy in both mind and body during this trying time.

How to stay healthy and sane during the lockdown - A Free From Life

1. Stick to regular mealtimes.

Whenever my family is at home, such as the kids are off for school holidays, the shopping bill goes through the roof. We never seem to have enough food in. Now we can’t and shouldn’t be going out unless it’s absolutely necessary, it’s important to curb that urge to snack just because you’re at home and you’re bored during this lockdown period.

You might not do a cooked lunch during the middle of the day, but stick to the same times. Make it part of your daily routine. To avoid snacking, set limits on what’s allowed. Have a hot drink instead of a snack, or a glass of water to curb your hunger. Do an activity or task to take your mind off the urge to eat something.

2. Make mealtimes filling.

Oats, protein, eggs, yoghurt, wholemeal carbs and wholegrains, avocados, lentils, pulses and beans and nuts.

These are some of the foods that you can include in your meals if you want to stay fuller for longer. There are some breakfast ideas on this blog, as well as some savoury dishes you might like to try. If you’re short on supplies, make a soup, add lentils or pulses if you have some.

3. Get some fresh air.

Even if it’s out in the garden, it’s important that you get out of the house for at least some of the day. It would be tempting to stay in front of the computer, watch television or read and generally not move about much at all, but it’s most definitely not recommended.

4. Do something active.

This doesn’t have to link with going outdoors, but combining the two would be an excellent idea. Whether it’s trampolining with the kids or kicking a football around the garden, playing swingball or passing a tennis ball between two of you, any activity is good for you. If you can’t go outside, there are thousands of YouTube videos to choose from, where you’ll find workouts for every level, from 10 minutes to an hour, full-on HIIT, or yoga.

5. Find some space.

Cabin fever is bad enough, but when the whole family is stuck in for an extended period of time, it’s bound to lead to arguments at some point. It’s important that everybody understands that you need timeout and space and that each person respects that. Depending on how much space you have in your house, it’s easier said than done, but even if you can have at least some time away from each other, or on your own, at some point in the day, it’s important that you take it. This may mean you need a rota for the television and one for the computer, XBox, etc. but this will help everyone know where they stand and hopefully avoid any unnecessary arguments.

Spending extensive time confined to one space is not easy. The word ‘lockdown’ doesn’t help either, as it depicts something more akin to prison. Trying to keep calm is easier said than done, but hopefully, with a few ground rules, you can make it work for you.

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