2020 has had more twists and turns than a movie script, right? And as the nation prepares to enter a second, month long lock down, starting on Thursday the 5th November, it’s fair to say that many of us are worried, unsettled and concerned about how we will get through the next month.

After all, Covid-19 has brought many challenges that we have all had to adapt to in all aspects of our everyday life. It hasn’t been easy but at least, we are all in it together.

And, as we approach a second lockdown where we are all faced with pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops closing their doors, curbs on travel and a ban on households from mixing inside homes. There are still lots of things that you can do to keep your mind and body healthy and happy during the lockdown period.

We’ve created a helpful guide outlining 4 things to consider before lockdown.

Work life balance

Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean that you need to be glued to your computer, email, work phone or device, around the clock.

For a healthy work-life balance, it’s just as important to take regular breaks, don’t let yourself become consumed in work and of course, continue to set clear boundaries when it comes to your start and finish time. After all, it’s more important than ever that we look after ourselves, remain connected with family and friends (even if it’s in the virtual world) and not over work ourselves to a point we are stressed and tired.

Vitamin D

Summer already seems a distant memory and of course, with many of us not being able to travel to sunnier shores this year, our bodies are sadly lacking in Vitamin D.

As the winter months approach, it’s more important than ever that you get a healthy dose of Vitamin D as this is integral to your health and wellbeing. And, although there’s limited natural sunlight, there’s lots of supplements you can take to ensure that your body gets a sufficient amount of vitamin D.

But that’s not all…there has also been a link between Covid-19 and insufficient Vitamin D, which makes it even more crucial to get the Vitamin D you need.

Go Outside

With many of us spending more time at home or indoors than ever before, it’s super important that you find the time to get outside and blow the cobwebs away! A walk, run or cycle can do wonders for your mind-set, energy levels and general mental health during these challenging times. Exercise is also a great way to boost your mood and help you to clear your mind and get ready for the day ahead.

Socialise

Family and friends play a huge role in our day to day happiness and just because we can’t see them face to face or physically hug them at the moment, doesn’t mean that you can’t stay connected!

 Socialising has a positive effect on your mental health and opening up about your feelings and struggles can help reduce anxiety during lock down. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone, load up zoom or even text your favourite people. And remember, we are allowed to see one other person face to face from another household in an outdoor setting such as a park or general public space.