Happy New Year!
Happy 2021! We hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Years Eve, and spent some quality time with your family and friends. Unfortunately, we started the new year here in the UK with a national lockdown. This came as a shock to many, just after the festive period- so in this blog, I’m going over how we can keep positive.
What is the recommended amount of exercise?
In lockdown, daily walks have become commonplace - any time outdoors is appreciated. So what is the recommended daily amount of exercise? Any activity is better than no activity - it’s recommended that you do an hour of exercise a day, whatever that may be; our options are limited due to gyms/leisure centres being closed, but you could:
- Go on a walk/run
- Join an outdoor gym/tennis club (outdoor centres are allowed to remain open if social distancing is followed)
- Online gym or yoga sessions
Maintaining a positive mindset in Lockdown:
Lockdown is different for everyone; some are lucky enough to be in the same bubble as their loved ones, but many are expecting not to be able to see their family for a while.
In these unprecedented times, it’s important to keep a positive mindset for good mental health. Within social distancing guidelines, we may be able to see friends and family in person, play sport or return to work.
However, many of us may find even these changes difficult for our mental health. The idea of coming out of lockdown when the scientific debate is ongoing may also be worrying for those of us who are more at risk from the virus or living with mental health problems, or if you live with someone vulnerable. Here
are some ideas about maintaining your mental health:
- Create a new daily routine that prioritises self-care. This could be by taking regular breaks from work, watching a movie every night, having an exercise routine, or FaceTiming loved ones whenever you can.
- Look up reputable/trusted sources when looking for information about the virus. The internet can be full of false information, and rumours and speculation can fuel anxiety.
- Try to limit your time on social media. There is extensive coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in the media; following COVID-19 news too much can be stressful.
Thinking of others:
Of course, everyone might be struggling through this lockdown and it’s important to mind other’s wellbeing as well as your own.
It’s easy to feel far away from your loved ones if you’re not seeing them as much as you usually would. Here are some tips to make both yours and someone else’s day a little brighter:
- Flowers - Flowers at Moor Street offer flowers delivery in Birmingham, same day if ordered before 2pm, we offer a custom handwritten note to let that loved one or friend to let them know that you are thinking of them. Click here to order online www.flowersatmoorstreet.co.uk
- Chocolates - who doesn't love a chocolate?! We sell delicious truffles, salted caramel truffles and chocolates, all of which are vegetarian.
- Zoom/FaceTime Calls
- Texting regularly
- Meeting up for a walk (just with one other individual