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- Work toward some goals. Ask yourself what you want to achieve during this time at home – it would be good to get a sense of accomplishment that gives this time meaning.
- Create an adventure jar. This can be done as a family exercise or individual. Write down on small pieces of paper things you would like to do and places you want to go and then put them into a jar. When we get out of lockdown you have a ready made ‘ideas pot’ to go to when you have time.
- Get some fresh air and exercise every day. This is essential in order for our bodies to produce serotonin which keeps us feeling happier.
- Stick to a routine. It doesn’t help anyone’s mood to stay in our pyjamas until lunchtime. Keeping to a routine is comforting.
- Try to get some space for yourself. This is particularly important for people with children in the house but applies to everyone living with others. Even if it is just ten minutes a day it is better than nothing.
- Connect online with people who give you a sense of positivity. This gives us a sense that we are not on our own and reminds us that everyone is going through this together. It can help to know that others might be struggling with the same things you are.
- Develop self-compassion. We all have different ways of coping during this crisis, so accept that you are doing your best to cope and don’t criticize yourself for that.