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Getting through another lockdown

It has been a hard start to the year, following the announcement of another national lockdown in Scotland. This time around, it’s also now colder and darker, and we’re all feeling burned-out from the restrictions. This lockdown, however, is not going back to square one. It comes with the knowledge and skills that we have gained during the first time and over the last few months.

Here are some tips for how you can look after yourself and get through it again.

Prioritise self-care
To best cope with the situation, we need to start by looking after ourselves. Make time to take care of yourself; eat properly, sleep regularly, and exercise when you can. By doing these small acts of self-care, you’ll feel better able to cope with the situation.

And remember, your self-care needs might change depending on how you feel each day too. On some days, it might be having a nap, on others, it might be calling a friend. Listen to how you’re feeling.

Think about your experience during the last lockdown
Although it’s hard to think back to our first experience of lockdown, it is helpful to think about how you felt and what you did. You could ask yourself:

  • What drained your energy and what made you feel energised?
  • What things did you feel like you had to do, and what things did you actually enjoy doing?
  • Who, or what made you happy?

By asking yourself these questions, you can identify positive actions that you want to take this time around, and things that negatively impacted your wellbeing that you want to avoid. It’s helpful to remember what got you through lockdown last time, but don’t be afraid to think about other strategies that you haven’t tried too!

Limit how much time you spend on social media or watching the news
During lockdown, it can be tempting to stay glued to the news or to spend time scrolling through social media. Too much of either, however, can negatively impact our wellbeing.

Focus your time on social media to whatever makes you feel positive and connected. Think about the accounts that you are following, and consider unfollowing them if they make you feel anxious. It’s also important to remember that social media is often a filtered version of someone’s life, so don’t compare your experience of lockdown to what you see on there.

Try to reduce how much you watch, read, or listen to the news too if you find that it’s making you feel overwhelmed. You could try only reading the news once a day.

Connect with those around you
We can still connect with each other during lockdown, just in different ways. Being able to see people’s facial expressions and hear their voice lets you really connect with them, so video calling someone can be a great way to stay in touch. If you are experiencing ‘Zoom fatigue’, where you’re tired from the time spent on video calls, you could try doing shorter calls, phoning someone, or even writing to them using our #WritingToSayHello postcards.

Navigating change
Being comfortable with change and restrictions on our life is not easy. COVID-19 has brought about a lot of changes, and it’s okay to feel like the situation seems out of our control. There are lots of strategies, like mindfulness, that can help you to navigate these circumstances. Being mindful means being present in your surroundings and it helps us to have some clarity of mind and feel more comfortable with change. You could read our tips on mindfulness and relaxation here.

We are living through unparalleled times, so be gentle with yourself and do reach out for support if you need it.

You can find out what about the support we can provide here. We're also currently providing training on building your personal resilience in challenging times, which you can find out more information on here. 

If you need help now then please call Samaritans on 116 123, or Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87. We also have contact details of other organisations that might be helpful here.

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