MCO 2.0. Lockdown survival manual
With the new MCO in place from January 13 to January 26 many are wondering how to adapt to the “new normal”. And while the perfect manual for adaptation is very individual, we would like to share some general tips, that might help you feel a little (or a whole lot) better during these trying times.
1. Stay positive
As much as it is a cliché nowadays, it is probably one of the most important tips that we can equip you with.
Numerous studies have linked positive thinking stronger immune system (very relevant today), reduced anxiety, feelings of confident and of course happiness.
Here are some ways you can become a more positive thinking person:
· Identify at least one amazing thing that happens to you every day
· Practice gratitude
· Play your favourite music/watch your favourite movie or TV show
· Think of some great achievements you have in your life (we all have some, so it won’t be as difficult as it might seem)
· Practice your favourite hobby, or maybe even find a new one!
Maybe there are some things that make you happy but that aren’t on this list. Don’t hesitate and practice those!
2. Be informed NOT overwhelmed
As much as we all want to be in the loop of the current events, it is important to do so in moderation. Try and limit your news intake and only look at the reliable sources. Also, it would be a good idea to avoid scrolling through news first thing in the morning. Do something you love first and then get current with the events around you.
3. Stick to your routine
This is another tip that is strongly backed by various research. And we know, you can’t really go anywhere, so you don’t need to get dressed and maybe you don’t need to wake up as early as usual. But we suggest: do all these things anyways!
Why is routine helpful in a lockdown?
· Having mental “separators” during the day
· Keeping up healthy habits that you had established
· Giving more structure and direction to your life
· Feeling more secure in this unstable time
Just remember, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be perfect with your routine. Take it slow and let it become your aid rather than a burden.
Social support is the key component of healthy and happy living. Even though it is impossible to see your loved ones face to face at the moment, take advantage of technology. You can get creative having Zoom parties, Skype coffee dates and so much more. Maybe you could even reconnect with those you haven’t talked to in a while.
5. Know when to take extra self-care steps
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try to make the best of the situation we can still feel overwhelmed.
Here are some activities you can turn to when you feel like you need that extra care
· Try meditation
· Make a whole SPA day for yourself (whatever this means to you)
· Do technological detox for a day
· Talk to a professional
These tips could be used as first steps to your mental health improvement, adaptation to the situation and calmness even when the whole world seems to have gone crazy. It is our honour to be guiding you on the path of well-being and sharing our knowledge to improve your life.
We will be sharing many more tips, tricks and suggestions (that are research based and thus helpful) to make the best of the situation. If you’d like to learn about planning techniques, money management, motivation and so much more, stay tuned for the upcoming posts.
Meanwhile, stay home and stay safe! We are all in this together.