Keeping engaged during lockdown

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Keeping engaged during lockdown

In line with government guidelines you may be finding yourself at somewhat of a loose end with the additional time you have in the home. Here’s some tips for keeping yourself healthy and inspired whilst riding out your home-bound period and being an indoor hero protecting our frontline staff and vulnerable persons.

 

Dream up your future interiors

With extra time gazing at areas of the home which may usually pass you by, you may begin dream up your next interior renovation project and get inspired by designers to put some plans in motion for a spring or summer transformation.

Whilst considering your interior options, why not pick up a copy of a design magazine (if you can leave the house) or check out the magazine websites to see what interior trends you can replicate with your own stamp in the home. Some good examples are Ideal Home, House Beautiful and Woman&Home

Amongst your revamp plans, check out our shutter styles for some lovely new shutters for your home. Whilst shutters are great in winter months, they certainly see a huge amount of versatile use and benefits in summer. Boasting light and temperature control, shutters give the flexibility of a sturdy window covering and allow light into the room whilst enhancing privacy. With so many lovely designs to choose from, and everything custom made for you, you’ll be spoilt for choice as you let your imagination run wild with design possibilities. You can check out some of our Instagram posts or Pintrest boards to see how some of our customers have opted to feature shutters in their home.

Set yourself a project

Have you been considering a long-term project but haven’t found the time to commit to starting it up effectively? Now’s your time.

Whether it’s writing up training and meal plans for a fitness goal or event, working on a long-term piece of work/ writing or studying a new subject, sometimes these projects can attract long start up times so you can use your extra time in the house to get started on these plans. Set up your notebook or laptop in a dedicated space and get to work, you’ll be amazed as to what you can achieve.

If you haven’t already come up with some projects to work on, now may be the time to look into it. What do you want to achieve in the next year? What do you need to get there? Don’t waste the opportunity of extra time to get started.

Practice mindfulness

Too much time indoors can have a negative impact on mental health and can be especially prevalent for those pre-disposed to mental health difficulties. Keeping the mind active and positive during your home-bound time is vital, and there are a few key things you can do to help with this:

Keep to a routine

Whether you are working from home or not, sticking to a routine is vital for keeping a healthy mentality. Experts recommend setting your alarm for the same time during the week regardless of whether it is necessary to wake at that time or not. You can still treat yourself to weekend lie ins’, but they should remain a luxury and not a normality.

Slow your life down

You will have found that the lack of a commute or daily workload has allowed for some extra time on your hands. Manically trying to fill every moment of this extra time is not necessarily the best course of action. Start by looking to slow down some of your daily routine and begin treating mundane tasks as leisurely activity. Used to coffee on the go? Enjoy your morning caffeine hit whilst reading a book or listening to some music likening your wake-up routine to the rising like the sun, steady and relaxed. Activities such as cooking can now become laid-back and steady. Take the time to therapeutically prepare ingredients prior to cooking and show dishes the love and attention that will make them taste that little bit better.

Think positive

Easier said than done, we know! Spending too much time focusing on news headlines during unnerving times can have a detrimental effect on your mental health. Limit yourself to short bursts of keeping up to date with these headlines and allow yourself to focus on more positive activities going on. Replace doom and gloom with positive messages of community spirit, acts of kindness and heart warming or funny videos to put a smile on your face.

Practice meditation and yoga

Take up activities that encourage self-reflection and positive connection with both the body and the mind. Yoga and meditation are fantastic examples of such activities and are readily available with plenty of videos and guidelines out there for beginners to work alongside or get tips from. Set aside 20-30 minutes a day for these exercises, and a further 10 minutes before bed to help send you peacefully off to sleep. There are multiple resources available online, so you won’t struggle to find ones that are right for you in intensity and spirituality.

Don’t be ashamed of feeling low

There is plenty of advice and guidance available if your mental health takes a hit during this tricky period and remember that you are not alone. Reaching out to friends and loved ones is a positive first step, they may even be feeling similar to you allowing you to support one another through harder days. Companies such as mind are also on hand in supporting anyone suffering with mental health difficulties whether they are long-term or as a result of being home bound. Visit their website to seek further advice and resources https://www.mind.org.uk/.

Get creative

If there are some home bound projects you’ve been considering for a while, now is the perfect opportunity to either start or complete your working progresses. There are numerous projects that you can undertake with or without required equipment (which can still be delivered via online retailers). Here are just a few ideas;

Requires equipment

  • Knitting or Crocheting
  • Painting and drawing
  • Creative cooking
  • Baking
  • Learning or practicing an instrument

No equipment required or online alternatives

  • Learn a language
  • Study a new subject or refresh your knowledge of a specialty
  • Write

Get the blood pumping with home workouts

It’s important to stay active when spending more time indoors, physical exercise is good for both your body and mental health, so don’t forget to get the heartrate up once a day or every other day. A couple of ideas for this include;

Going for a run or brisk walk

Whilst it is still within government guidelines to go outside to exercise once a day, and provided you are not showing any symptoms requiring you to self-isolate, you can take the opportunity to go for a brisk walk or run. Be cautious and mindful of maintaining the two meters social distancing from others and consider going early in the morning or later in the evening as there will likely be less people around, particularly on sunny days.

Utilise what you have in the home

You might not be able to do your complete workout set but you can get creative with circuits using stairs, furniture and other home items to keep active.

Take tips from the experts

With everyone finding themselves in the same situation, personal trainers and fitness enthusiasts have started sharing workout tips and videos to assist people at home with their training. These can utilised in your own time or you could participate in a live workout with the trainer and anyone else in the nation taking part.

Don’t stay sat down all day

Be sure to stand up and walk around occasionally, perhaps working stood up for short periods to keep and healthy blood flow around the body. If you’re feeling fatigued jump up and do 10-20 star jumps occasionally to improve this blood flow and wake the body and mind up.

Keep your brain active

If you’re not working during your isolation/ distancing period, it’s important to keep your brain working throughout the day. Keep challenging the mind by swapping some TV time for reading and complete puzzles and brain teasers regularly. Ensure that a reasonable proportion of your daily activity is focused on keeping the mind active.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, or to help those around you.

It is vital that everyone responds positively to their social responsibility and consistently follow the guidelines and provisions set out by the government.

If you are unable to leave the house, be sure to make use of services in place to provide anything you may need during your isolation period to stop you leaving the house for your, and others, safety. Don’t be afraid to call on help from others, if your friends and family can support you by picking up shopping or medicines then allow them to give this help, and ask for it if you need it. Alternatively look on the gov.uk COVID-19 home care provision and utilise this service. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-on-home-care-provision

If you are fortunate enough not to be isolating, then use your limited opportunity to leave the house to show some kindness to others. Be it shopping for a relative or neighbour, or offering to walk a dog or someone close by who is isolating, this a fantastic opportunity to come together and take care of one another.

During times of adversity it is truly an opportunity to come together and be the very best versions of ourselves. Plantation Shutters Ltd is committed to being here to take care of your shutter needs to the best of our ability and we urge you to look after yourselves and others. Kindness is free after all.

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