Lockdown 2.0 isn’t as bad as the first lockdown because it’s shorter and everybody had more time to transition. Sure, a month is better than five or six (has anybody else lost count?!), yet it’s nothing to gloss over. The truth is that, whether it’s thirty days or three days, staying inside can drive you mad.
Unfortunately, your home will be an extenuating factor in your deteriorating mental health. Yes, every little detail is sending your around the bend, and you have no idea how to react. Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place.
These are the best ways to remain sane in your house during lockdown 2.0.
Find Practical Jobs
The key to surviving a period of self-isolation is to create some sort of routine. Granted, you can’t do much considering you’re homebound for most of the day, but you can focus on the interiors. As pretty much every other property owner in the UK found out in March, there are features of your home that you dislike; however, you never got around to changing them. Now is the time to write down a list of the practical projects you can realistically complete without expert help.
But Be Patient
Although jumping on the DIY bandwagon is a healthy way to give your life meaning, it’s a road paved with bad intentions. Why? It’s because you might get too involved in the process and tear your house apart in a vain attempt to stay entertained until the beginning of December. The last thing you want is to get to the end of the lockdown and realise you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. After all, the jobs will remain unfinished until the third wave comes back around! Also, there is a stress factor to consider. If there is a lot on your plate, a therapeutic and relaxing routine will transform into pent-up tension.
Here’s an easy tip – eliminate as much clutter as you can. Usually, while you notice the mess, it doesn’t get on your wick as much because you have more pressing matters on your mind. However, a pile of junk behind the sofa or old white appliances in the garden are the most important things right now. Not only will self storage enable you to do something practical with your rubbish, but it’ll offer extra space in which to live. It’s amazing how much healthier your mental health is when you’re not cursing the object that forced you to stub your toe!
It’s a simple and effective hack, and it’s about as cliche as it gets at the moment. Still, leaving the house helps you to reset as it encourages you to experience different environments and release the anxiety in your body. Plus, when you return, it won’t feel as samey or boring. The great thing about a long walk, aside from letting you deal with your emotions, is that it makes chilling and watching Netflix exciting again.
Is your home making your stir crazy? How do you plan on coping between now and the end of the lockdown?0