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How to stay productive and safe

during Covid-19

It’s a lockdown; in order to save lives, to limit the strain on the NHS and to stay safe we are required to stay indoors except for our one daily outing. Mental health is our next main concern. 

If you want some up to date information on COVID-19 check out the NHS and Gov sites

Extroverts, Introverts, those that live with family and friends, those that live alone, people who can no longer work, those trying to work from home, and the people having to go into work. No matter who you are, times are hard- especially if you have underlying mental health issues. 

However, you have full control over your behaviour during this (SO NO PANIC BUYING!), you are capable of directing your mindset to keep it in line with your goals. I am here with some suggestions to help you stay focused and above water in these treacherous times.

Keep a schedule

Maintaining a routine, especially when it comes to eating and sleeping, is crucial for those positive habits you are building. If you start letting that structure go you will find yourself justifying behaviour that does not align with your highest self. Use google calendar, use alarms, use an app - I’ve found that Fabulous is a great app for slowly building those life-changing blocks that really boost your self-care and self-esteem.

Constant leisure time is often the first thing to occur, we as a society live for the weekend and now every day we are tempted with endless Netflix or the latest game.

Stay Physical 

Home yoga and workouts are your best mates right now - get an app or watch youtube but don’t allow this period to block your motivation to stay/become a healthier version of yourself. You are better than that.

Drink lots of water, and try to watch your snacking! The temptation to eat the whole bag of chocolate could be tempting but you are in control of your actions.

If you have got a garden great! If you don’t, open your curtains and windows - let in the light and fresh air as much as possible.

If you do nothing else...Stretch!

Mental stimulation

When you want something to engage you, pick up a new skill/hobby/something to add to your CV. 

The Oxford site comes with certificates whereas Reed has a huge collection of external websites depending on what you are looking for. 

Alison has a lot of courses at different levels, so if you are looking for a free course, a diploma or something specific you are probably gonna find it here. 

And let’s not forget the go-to app for languages - from Japanese to High Valerian, Duolingo has everything you need to increase your linguistic skills.

Pick up audiobooks - there are so very many good books out there so listen/read some. 

It’s normally one of the first things on the chopping block when our lives ‘get in the way’

so now you have little reason not to expand your library - they regularly have sales and giveaway books for those struggling at the moment.

Emotional Self care 

Journalling and recording how you are feeling on a day to day basis will help you track any areas you need help with.

Create a page filled with activities and things that help you take care of yourself!

Meditate when possible and stay connected with yourself. Headspace is fantastic for this and has a free option for you to give it a trial run.

If you are having a bad day, that's ok. many people need permission to feel sad at times like this. Accept your emotions, feel them fully and then let them go. Try not to prescribe to toxic positivity, things do not have to be great constantly - that's not real life. 


Social media is a great way to stay in contact, with Facebook and WhatsApp being great ways to see and talk to your loved ones. There are also apps such as Houseparty which helps you talk to your friends without falling down the scrolling pitfalls. 

Check-in with those that may be home alone, we are all feeling a bit isolated but some may struggle with that more than others, so reaching out might do a lot of good.

Do a group quiz, taking turns to create or choosing the topic.

Play online games together, there are so many different games you could play online, give them a shot and maybe you will meet some new people.

You are not alone in this. There are so many people going through the same situation, reach out and connect. Never be afraid to start a conversation, you never know where it might lead.