Coping With Lockdown

Kent Sport Health and Fitness Instructor John Harman shares some tips for coping with the coronavirus lockdown.

It would have been inconceivable on the first dawn of this new year, that within less than three months, we would be experiencing a state of, virtual – global lockdown. I surmise that, for most people, the thought of be incarcerated would have to be one of the worst things imaginable. And yet, here we are!

So what can you do, for your own mental and physical wellbeing, during this time?

Here are some of my tips:

  1. Develop coping strategies – you can’t change what is happening around you, but you can change your response.
  2. Have a structure to your day – have a set time for getting up. Eat a healthy breakfast. Get washed and dressed for the day ahead.
  3. Use this time wisely – it is unlikely that you will ever have such an abundance of free time again. Take this opportunity to learn something new or to practice something you have already undertaken.
  4. Partake in physical exercise. Take a look at Kent Sport’s #KentSportStayWellatHome pages for some great workouts.
  5. Be creative – The body may be incarcerated, but allow the mind to run free. Put pen to paper – or fingers to touch screen, and write some short stories or poems. Create a piece of art. Lose yourself within your masterpiece.

These are just some of the things that I am doing to help me through these unprecedented times. I hope they will inspire you!

Brighter and happier times will come. But for now, stay well and keep safe.

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