Our Tips During Lockdown for Well-Being
Nine weeks into lockdown and we are familiar with both work and school moving online. We can take solace in the availability of the internet to keep us connected through social media and enjoy the live streaming of shows. And the whole family can keep fit with the demi-god that is Joe Wicks.
Whilst the government’s recent announcement provides a ‘roadmap’ to the lifting of restrictions, life will not return to a semblance of ‘normal’ for many of us any time soon.
So how are we looking after ourselves? What does our mental and physical well-being look like? What can we do to help others at this time?
We can take inspiration from people like Captain Tom Moore – the war veteran, who at the age of 100, raised nearly £33 million for the NHS. He started with a small step – quite literally – and his daily discipline took him on an unimaginable journey. We, the public, engaged with him and turned his effort and courage into something extraordinary. This action totally reflects the approach to exercise Dr Rangan Chatterjee promotes; start with something small, and – because it is achievable – keep going!
Learn from Others
Dr Chatterjee also produces a podcast where he has interviewed several guests; one talks about life in prison and relates this to the lockdown; about the joy of moving to music; about having a strong belief in oneself. If we take the time to sense the world around us, and if we help each other, we can start to feel a whole lot better about ourselves. We can look at the situation in the light of a community and what we can do together.
Enjoy the Wonder of Spring
We are lucky that the lockdown has come in springtime in our hemisphere. The lack of traffic has meant the air has been fresher, the birdsong heightened and the cherry blossom more prolific. We have really valued our daily exercise, because we no longer take it for granted. Looking through our window really is an opportunity – an opportunity to notice the gentle unfurling of nature’s bounty and beauty. Most of us are still not rushing or stressing; driving or commuting. As we have had time for stillness and contemplation, we can now spend time reflecting.
Will We Change for the Better?
During the easing of the lockdown, we need to question the lasting implications of our experiences. Will we make time to play in the garden with the children? Will our daily exercise routines continue to be cherished? Are we going to maintain a healthier diet? Will we still look out for our neighbour?
We have undergone a training programme through the lockdown; we need to help each other and support our carers as we come out of it. We need to be mindful of those who may remain in lockdown, are ill, or are in need. This need not just be on our doorstep, but in the wider world too. As with any crisis in life, we must never forget the struggle and learn from it.
And so, to the future: we will all have to hope, trust and believe. When a new puppy takes residence with its new owner, it doesn’t know what to expect or how it will be treated. But that puppy’s first instinct is to be faithful, loyal and give unconditional love. We would do well to follow in the footsteps of our animal friends.