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During the first lockdown, most of us proved how resourceful we could be. Like many others, I used the time to focus on self-improvement and wellbeing. I also looked at ways to improve efficiencies within my business.

But with a second lockdown being forced on us, once again we need to dig deep and look at ways in which we can take the edge off what is happening and stave off a heavy toll on our mental health. That’s when concentrating on keeping ourselves busy, having some fun and maintaining regular communications with others could help.

Have a plan for lockdown

To me the first thing to do is to have a plan. Ok, so you don’t need to document every minute of the day, but if you have a list of things to do, that will give you the impetus you need to get out of bed and crack on with the day.

Now your list doesn’t have to be onerous, it just needs to include tasks that will keep you interested and motivated, whilst still prioritising any work you have or activities that are necessary. When it comes to things to do, there are some fairly are obvious ones. Chatting regularly to friends, family and colleagues or spending time on hobbies or other interests.

Challenge yourself in lockdown

Alternatively, if you are feeling creative – you could finally make a start on that much delayed DIY project, or take the opportunity to cook more healthily, meaning you can revisit your diet and perhaps look at ways to lose weight. And if workouts or training are your thing, you could decide to undertake some indoor or outdoor exercise to get fit – both mentally and physically. I understand that Mr Wicks will once again be putting us through our paces on a daily basis!

Stay productive in lockdown

Whatever you decide to do, I would advise that you do something. It can be easy to feel down in the dumps during the lockdown. We’re all missing our loved ones, our regular routines and being able to get out of the house and socialise.

So, perhaps it’s worth emphasising here, that with the right amount of effort and planning, staying in can be just as fun and productive as going out. All you need to do is to channel your energies and mindset in the right direction so you can stave off boredom and potential cabin fever. And who knows, by concentrating on yourself and your loved ones, you might actually improve family relationships, rediscover a previous interest and learn some news skills.

Ask for help

But remember, if you do find yourself feeling a little low, more anxious than normal or struggling with your mental health, there is no shame in asking for help when you need it. Talking to someone you know and trust is a first step, but don’t forget that there are also many mental health helplines out there if you need them.

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