Disappointingly, I had to close the Just Be Clinic again but this time round hopefully it’s only for 6 weeks.  But what if it isn’t?

Well first of all, this lockdown feels different because while some of us are at home, others can go to work, the schools and creches are open and ‘essential retail and services’ can stay open.  Whilst the Irish Reflexology Institute and other regulartary organisations are fighting for holistic therapies to be recognised as and ‘essential service’ I thought I would share some of my thoughts on how to remain focused and fulfilled during lockdown No. 2 and beyond.

Routine is so important for our overall wellbeing.  Try to keep to your existing routine as much as possible while having activities and things to do that will help fulfil your long term dreams or goals. Below is an example of what my daily routine can look like:

  • Get up at the same time everyday
  • Exercise or go for a walk within the 5km guidelines.  Try to leave the house every day, even if it’s just to drop/collect the kids at school.
  • Have a hearty breakfast and tidy the kitchen
  • Get washed and dressed for the day regardless of what the day holds
  • Make the bed and tidy the bedroom ready for a peaceful sleep tonight.
  • Call someone for a chat over a cuppa
  • Next, do the things you have to do such as laundry, shopping, preparing meals, pay bills, or declutter.  Do the hardest job first and ease into lunchtime.
  • For the afternoon, do something you enjoy such as reading, drawing/painting, singing, dancing, gardening, decorating or crafts.  Whatever makes you feel good.
  • Dinner/Tea time followed by a quick tidy up before chilling.
  • Socialise with friends/family on a video chat while enjoying a coffee or drink.
  • Watch TV or catch up on Movies or box sets.
  • Enjoy some personal care such as a bath, facial, manicure, pedicure, or meditate.
  • Go to bed at the same time every night and switch off any blue light devices.

I find keeping a daily routine has helped me cope with stress and anxiety.  I’ve been very irritable over the whole situation so I do mindful activities such as jigsaws, colouring or reading and I’m planning to try upholstery too, so I’ll share how that goes. Above is my first jigsaw of this lockdown and I’ve made my very first Tart Tatin from the apples in the garden. 

Make a list or mood board of what you want to acheive, it will help you focus.  Even writing this blog is helping me to plan my days ahead.  And only do what makes you feel good.

For now sending you all lots of love and light
Yvonne

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