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So here we go again national lockdown number two. The worry about what is to come can become quite overwhelming but here I am going to tell you some lifestyle medicine strategies to put in place to support yourself through it. This is part 4 of a 4 part series so be sure to go back to part 1 and see what other ways you can support yourself through lockdown.
There are many ways to feel connected to people even though you are physically apart. For example start a book or film club with friends, family, neighbours, etc and have a weekly video chat to discuss your thoughts.
If that is not your thing you might like to find someone that you can challenge i.e. both buy a puzzle or video game and see who can complete it the fastest. Think of one of the biggest selling online games Candy Crush, the reason people wanted to play it time and time again was that they felt they were part of something despite having no physical contact at all. As humans, we crave connection and thanks to technology we can fulfil this feeling while being miles away each other.
We know that downtime is really important but often we push it to the side as we do not feel we have time. During lockdown you could be all to tempted to keep busy but it is really important to plan rest into your day. Make a list of all the things that help you to relax and then find a way of incorporating them into your week. If you find it really difficult to stop then find a relaxation buddy who you can relax with, such as going for a walk and sitting on a bench for a chat, watching a movie, book onto an online yoga class, etc.
9) Medical Care
Too many people are scared of speaking up about their health issues through fear of having to go to the GP or hospital in person. However, it is important to get some advice from a healthcare professional be it a pharmacist in your local supermarket or a phone call with the GP. If you have a chronic health issue you are concerned about then once you have spoken to your GP consider speaking to a nutritionist who will be able to support you with a plan you can follow from the comfort of your own home.
Be sure to go back and check out part 1-3 if you haven't already for lots more tips to support yourself from sleep to nutrition!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, please be sure to see your GP about any health issues and get advice from a professional before trying anything shared on this page.