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Establishing a morning routine during lockdown

As we are all currently homebound as we try to help slow the spread of Covid-19, our normal morning routines have gone for a toss (in most cases). It is very important for you to ensure that a new routine is established in order to minimize the impact of the pandemic on your daily life. Here are some tips from Yinyang to help you establish your new morning routine.

Stick to Your Morning Routine

It can be very tempting to change your morning routine now that you are working from home. You no longer need to worry about commuting, or even getting ready unless you have a video call. Having a lie-in and that waking up and simply switching on your laptop and and being “at work” seems like a great way to start the day- until you factor in the drop in productivity. Going about your normal routine- having a bath, getting out of your pyjamas and sitting at a desk and working have been proven to have a marked effect on your productivity. So try and ensure that you go about your work routine as normally as possible so that you can be as productive as possible

Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Because our movements have been restricted, our daily output has reduced significantly. Even if you did not exercise on a regular basis, the restriction on movements has reduced the amount you walk in a day. It is more important than ever to ensure that you are eating healthy and eating right in order to limit the effect of the lockdown on your body.

Try and exercise everyday

Exercising during a lockdown can be a challenge. However, it is necessary in order to bolster your immunity and keep your muscles from atrophying due to the sedentary lifestyle we are all faced with. There are some simple stretching exercises you can do without requiring a very large space- be it stretching or a workout designed for a particular muscle group. There are several free online tutorials to help you get started in case you are interested!


Our new lifestyles have caused a lot of stress to a lot of people for a variety of reasons- whether financial, health-related or lifestyle-related. Our mental health is more precarious than ever as a result of this and it is important to make sure we do everything possible to minimise the impact. Our new lifestyles have left us with a surplus of one thing- time. Use this time effectively by meditating in the morning for as long as your commute would have otherwise been. This ensures that you start the day off in the right head-space, which can be crucial if you work with other people (or even live with other people).

Try and stick to a routine as much as possible, as it helps create a sense of normalcy in these abnormal times. Whether you realise it or not, your body craves a routine and establishing one can help you more than you realise!


Ensuring Mental Health during Lockdown

As responsible citizens, we are all currently staying home as much as possible, only moving out if absolutely necessary. With this enforced lockdown around the world, it is critical to take steps to ensure your mental well-being given the lack of social interaction. We have some tips as to what you could be doing to make sure your mind, as well as the minds of your loved ones, are in the right space.

  1. 1. Remind people that this is not normal:
    When speaking to someone experiencing stress due to the uncertainty around the coronavirus, try and remind them that this is a period that will pass. Use terms like day, week or month to try and remind them that this is a temporary situation, and not the new normal. A simple phrase like “let’s just focus on getting through the next few days” or “let’s focus on seeing out this week” can remind people of the fact that things will eventually get better, thereby lifting their spirits.
  2. 2. Identify Vulnerable Individuals:
    Try and identify those around you most vulnerable during self isolation, such as people who live by themselves or do not have the greatest of relationships with those that they live with. Such people are more likely to experience mental health issues due to the lack of a support system around them in comparison to others. Another factor that has been found to be a huge trigger for mental health concerns is financial concerns. Those who have been affected by this crisis financially are considered to be “at-risk” in terms of mental health.
  3. 3. Be careful of how you speak around children:
    Children are very imaginative, and during crises such as this one, it is important to ensure they are not too alarmed. Already, their daily routine has been completely discarded, and they are likely to be feeling stressed due to this. Hearing parental figures discuss it in stressed or alarmed tones can cause long-term negative effects on the child’s mental well-being. While being secretive is not the answer, neither is being alarmist in the current conditions- it is important to try and find a balance, just as in most things in life. Children need to a reassuring environment at this time- and the most helpful thing you can do is establish a daily routine during this time which you stick to in a disciplined manner.

Try and ensure that you take care of your mind as well as your body during this time- as both are critical to your overall well-being. Stay safe, and stay happy, while you stay home!

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