It's been just over a month now since the UK went into 'lockdown' and for almost everybody it's been a time of huge change and varying levels of stress. Many of us have had to abandon our usual routines, with a mixture of grief, nostalgia, relief, joy, fear, sadness, anger, gratitude, calm, hope, and most of all uncertainty. After all, as we are all constantly hearing, these are unprecedented times.
The great thing about humans is we are so adaptable, but it's important to recognise that all these changes and stresses can take their toll - even for those who aren't working on the frontline.
Part of that is cutting ourselves some slack where needed, whether it's with our productivity home working/schooling or how clean our houses are; but it's also important to think about how we are going to keep ourselves as well as possible - in mind, spirit and body.
One of the most important things is to acknowledge our feelings, and that whatever they are, that's OK. This Self article on 17 Totally Normal Things to Feel Right Now runs through burnout to hopefulness, inadequacy to ... nothing, and may be a helpful read if you're just not sure how you feel (which is OK too!). It can also be a good discussion point with friends - it's getting to the point now where a lot of us don't have much 'news' after all - which number or numbers are you feeling this week?
For help with feeling better, we loved this practical guide from Mind about coronavirus and wellbeing. Our top 5 are:
Find ways to spend your time - maybe trying something new or rediscovering an old hobby, film or book you loved
Connect with people - consider the people you don't usually see very much; with virtual contact only everyone's the same distance away now
Try to keep active - whether it's Joe Wicks, a walk in the park or a yoga video, they're all good!
Get as much sunlight, fresh air and nature as you can - even if this is only opening the windows wide or sitting on the front step
Find ways to relax and be creative - cooking, crafting, music, colouring...you could team up with a friend and swap ideas or look for new ones on Pinterest
We're happy that knack can help with some of these - as a craft subscription box with live stream video workshops , we want to be part of helping you stay connected and creative while you stay at home.
It was the disruption caused by coronavirus that led to the creation of knack, and since then we've kept challenging ourselves to try new things at this time. This has so far led (in our various households) to: weightlifting, origami, home-made ginger beer, embroidery, garden makeovers, and now blogging!
How have you been staying busy and well during lockdown? Feel free to share your ideas and experiences in the comments, and if you want to write a guest post for our blog, please get in touch.