McGills Hairdressing in Edinburgh Share Their Top 5 Ways To Stay Happy During Social Distancing
Nothing about the lockdown is normal and it’s completely natural to feel overwhelmed – and whilst there’s no magic pill for coping with a global pandemic such as the one that we are facing, focussing on small acts that offer could support our happiness may help to alleviate some of these feelings.
Whether you’re making a sourdough starter, streaming a yoga class, completing the Couch to 5k or learning a new language: it’s important that you do what you can to take care of your physical and mental health during this unprecedented time.
If you started the lockdwon with the best of intentions but, like many of us, have hit a ‘pandemic-plateau’ recently, we’ve put together some of our top tips to help inspire you to stay sane and motivate you to get out of your rut…
Manage Anxiety During Lockdown
You may find yourself feeling more anxious, stressed and unable to relax during lockdown. This is something that many people are feeling and is understandable.
Thankfully, there are some wonderful tools available that can help us to process these difficult emotions, including some fabulous podcasts. Why not try Fearne Cotton’s “Happy Place” or “Owning It: The Anxiety Podcast” by Caroline Foran – these soothing series with everything you need to hear to get a hold of your anxious thoughts and feelings.
Stay Connected With Loved Ones
Whilst ‘Zoom-Fatigue’ is an emerging phenomenon during the Covid-19 Lockdown, with many of us using video calls for work meetings, schooling or catching up with friends. It is so important that you remain connected to your friends, family and loved ones even when you cant touch them. Reach out to them with a phone or video call and share your experiences, thoughts and feelings, we’re sure that they’ll feel the same.
Make a video call fun by organising a “pub quiz”, family game night, or even a birthday party, baby shower or hen party and make a night of it! Decorate the space behind you, put on your party clothes and make some fun cocktails to enjoy during your party.
Get Up, Get Moving!
Whilst it may seem an almost Herculean task to turn off the TV, peel yourself off the couch and put the snacks down – it is a challenge worth undertaking. Countless studies have proven the mental, as well as physical, health benefits of exercise. It can even give your immune system a boost (ideal for the current climate)!
If you are able to, try going for a nice walk down your street or stream a free workout on YouTube.
Have kids? Try out the Cosmic Kids yoga app, we are sure you’ll both enjoy it as well as creating a calmer mind and healthier body for adults and children alike!
Carve Out a Space For Yourself
Has your house become a mixture of office, gym, restaurant, art studio, school or all of the above?
Lockdown has meant that, for many of us, there are plenty of distractions around the house that can leave you feeling overwhelmed, claustrophobic and disorganised.
Our advice is to create your own little sanctuary in your house and adorn it with your favourite scented candle or reed diffuser (and maybe some noise cancelling headphones!) – scents can help to transform the energy of a room.
Take. A. Break
Are you overwhelmed with housework, Zoom meetings and home schooling? Take care of your mental health by scheduling in some “me time” for yourself, even if it’s once a week.
Booking a specific time for reading, meditation or listening to your favourite music can help to calm and improve an otherwise challenging time.
Even if “me time” simply means running a bath, pouring a glass of wine and popping on a face mask – it’s important to give yourself some time to rest and recharge your batteries.
Got a Question or Concern? Get In Touch With McGills – We’re Here For You.
If you have any questions for the team at McGills, please don’t hesitate to get in touch HERE. We’re here for you and can’t wait to see you again as soon as we can safely reopen the salon.