01 Apr Getting through this period of confinement: our tips
TIP 1: Create and stick to a structure
One of the first traps you fall into when confined is the succumb to the temptation of throwing all schedules out the window. To have no set routine, be it for meals or even sleep.
It has been proven that the human beings need rules and structure to manage their days. This structure also makes being trapped between four walls more bearable.
TIP 2: Respect everyone’s personal space
Although this may seem difficult if you live, for example, in a 4 ½, it is important not to encroach too much into each other’s personal space. We must respect the need for calm and tranquility of some and the need to be a little more active for others.
The idea is that everyone can be respected according to the mood in which they find themselves.
TIP 3: Find a way, a reason to move
If you are usually a very active person, being suddenly forced to remain inactive all day long can have a negative effect on your mood. It is important to find a way to spend all of that energy.
You don’t have to be in a gym to exercise. If you search on Google “home exercises without equipment”, you will see a lot of interesting suggestions.
Otherwise, a good long walk or run every day will bring a smile to your face.
TIP 4: Keep your environment tidy
What is more depressing than a messy room? Conversely, a tidy and clean house and apartment will give you a sense of security.
Since you are stuck inside your home most of the time, it is very important to feel good there. Why not rearrange the furniture or make improvements while you are at it?
TIP 5: Stay informed, but not too much
It’s important to be aware of the latest COVID-19 developments but spending your days listening and reading everything about it might do more harm than good. In fact, it can even make you anxious.
If you want to stay positive, take it easy on the news. Especially if you live with children. Remember, they look to you for reassurance.
TIP 6: Avoid overindulging, don’t do what you wouldn’t do in ordinary times
Being locked up in your home can probably encourage you to develop certain bad habits like overconsumption of food or alcohol.
You must think about the after COVID-19. Do you want to end up with 20 pounds more or need a good cold beer at 2:00 in the afternoon because this is the new lifestyle routine that you adopted during the crisis?
We all know that it is easier to get into a bad habit than it is to get rid of it. Therefore, you have to keep an eye on yourself and try, as much as possible, not to add other problems to that of confinement.
TIP 7: Stay in touch
Thanks to technology, you can communicate easily with those who are dear to you and those you feel, could be lonely. Think of work colleagues, a neighbor, an elderly parent, etc.
The important thing is not to isolate yourself and to continue to nurture your ties with others, taking care, above all, to talk about light and positive subjects that bolster your mood.
Jackie Beaudoin, Leclerc Insurance and Financial Services