5 Habits to Form During Lockdown

Whats Up Ladies, I almost called you 20 Somethings now, but I guess I have to come up with a new name for my readers now! I’ll work on it.

If anything lockdown is testing us all, revealing parts of ourselves we may not have known about before this pandemic. I have been learning a lot about myself, my work ethic and my coping mechanisms. Before this pandemic I was working myself to the bone, balancing as much as 4 jobs at one time and not really finding much time to look after myself. Now that I’m on lockdown, its almost as though I’m on a forced relaxation session. I’m getting enough sleep, I’m getting to read the books that have been gathering dust on my shelf and I’m getting to do things I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time. It’s also been a time of self reflection and evaluation, which has made me realise which parts of myself I love and dislike and which habits I want to break and form. So I thought I’d share some of the habits I’m trying to form during this lockdown time. 

  1. Hold Yourself Accountable

Because we don’t have anyone waiting for us at the gym, colleagues passing by to see how much work we’re doing, no where to be because you’re stuck at home – it may be easy to let things like going to the gym, getting tasks done etc. go by the way side. It’s hard to be your own boss, because we tend to make excuses for ourselves and no one is around to call us out. I’ve been trying really hard to workout every second day for an hour at least and at the beginning of lockdown I was super committed but the last few days I’ve been a bit lazy and letting the routine slip. I’m working at making sure I show up for myself everyday during quarantine. This is a great habit to form and practice now because it can only have a positive outcome when you get out of this situation and back into the real world. 

2. Take Care of Your Body and Mind

It can be easy to slip into a bit of a depression during this time. I’ve been struggling with my anxiety a lot because I’m not able to work during this time and I have no idea how I’m gonna pay my bills this month. And when you’re trapped inside the same four walls 24/7 it can be a very dangerous time to fall into bad habits and bad self-care practices. So I’m trying to look after my mind in addition to looking after my body. The way I’m doing this is by listening to what my body is telling me and being patient with it, I do regular check ups with myself about where my head is at and what I need and I’m making sure I’m talking about the way I feel with the person I am in lockdown with (my boyfriend). So when something is bothering me, I talk about it and get it off my chest immediately instead of bottling it up and letting it fester like I would usually do. 

3. Reach Out to The People You Care About

Now I suck at this. Life gets so busy for me and I often forget to message my friends and family to check up on them. Usually I try and make plans with them once a month and use that as a catch up session, but I can’t do that now because we can’t leave the house. So We’re down to the thing I suck at, texting. I’ve been trying to check up on my friends and family more often because I know we’re all going through the most right now. A simple text or video call just to let them know you’re thinking about them and missing them goes a long way. And I’m hoping this will make me a better friend after Lockdown ends as well. 

4. Keep Open to Learning New Skills

If this has taught I anything its that you can’t just be good at one thing. Now that we are in lockdown, the things I am trained to do are not allowed right now. So I’m having to figure out another way to make money. I also don’t ever want to be in this position again, so I’m using this time to build some new skills outside of performing. I’m working on teaching online fitness classes and I’m doing a Free Online Google Course in Digital Marketing, which I have been enjoying. It’s very important to remember that you never stop learning, I try to look at every situation as an opportunity to learn something new. 

5. Stop Making Excuses

We’ve all got lists and lists of things we want to do one day. Well newsflash. That time is now. There has never been a better time to do the things (that you can do in Lockdown) you’ve been putting off. Work on that play, write that book, learn that instrument. We have no idea how long this lockdown may last. And while this is a very scary and uncertain time, doing things that bring you joy might have an extremely positive effect on your life in lockdown. Now I know this isn’t the easiest. I’ve been trying to write but have been lacking the inspiration I think. But at least I know I attempted it and that makes me feel a bit better and motivates me to keep trying. 

So those are the 5 Habits I’m trying to form during Lockdown. What are some of yours? 

I’d love to hear from you.

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Until next time,

Nadine Naturally 

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