As metro Melbourne heads into an extended two weeks of Stage Four lockdown, it’s very easy to get caught up in a downward spiral of low motivation and despair. The vibe this week has been one of frustration, we at Alpha Sports Medicine feel this too. It’s easy to say just look at the positives, but when this has been the fourth revised date of the “end” and a road map that seems like a lifetime away, it’s very hard to see that light at the end of the tunnel. But there are ways to find the positive, here are some tips to keep you living well and making the most of every day.
Keeping a Routine
Routine gives your day structure and purpose, which will help you make the most of these Spring days we have ahead. Try waking up with an alarm, make your bed, change out of your sleep wear and wash your face with a gentle cleanser. There are studies that show people who make their bed in the morning go on to be more productive with their day. By starting your morning right, you will feel ready to take on the day.
Exercise isn’t just good for the health of your body, it’s incredibly important for your mental health too. Set yourself a daily target of steps or time you’d like to be exercising. Exercise triggers a number of beneficial chemical reactions in your brain, including the release of endorphins in your brain, which are known to make you happy! With current restrictions now allowing two hours of outdoor activity, make sure you get out and maximise your time in the sun!
Healthy coping mechanisms
It may feel like all hope is lost sometimes during this lockdown, stress, anxiety and depression may set in, but having healthy coping mechanisms are very important during times like these. Junk foods, sweets, cigarettes, drugs or alcohol may make you feel better for a moment in time, but these aren’t healthy coping mechanisms, and they’re definitely not a long term solution. Recommended strategies include exercise, meditation, doing something creative or talking to a friend. If you are struggling, there are always people who will listen.
Find your creativity
With extra time on your hands, why not get creative? Try cooking a new cake in the kitchen. Take the steps to learn how to do a handstand. Pick up some paints or pencils and do some art work. Learn a new musical instrument. Do some writing. Whatever it is, using your creative brain is a great way to decrease stress and have fun doing something new.
There are positives all around us, you just have to start looking! The team at Alpha Sports Medicine and Osteopathy are here for you if you need, we will return to full business hours as soon as the restrictions in Metro Melbourne are eased.