If you’re feeling tired of being confined to the same four walls of your home, you’re not alone. Human beings are inherently social creatures, so it’s only natural to feel fatigued or a bit foggy during extended periods of isolation.
Now more than ever, it’s important to take care of yourself and help your friends and family do the same.
So, if confinement is taking a toll on your physical and mental wellbeing, here are some top tips from our team to help you combat the stay-at-home blues and keep you healthy and happy during lockdown.
Lockdown tips from the CGU team
Scott Gangell, Broker Solutions Manager VIC/TAS
I started drawing. It commenced in lockdown 1.0 and has continued through to lockdown 5.0.
Try new recipes
My family have a ritual now – we try a minimum of one new meal a week to expand our recipe repertoire. We also started teaching our children how to cook their favourite meals, but this is still a work in progress!
Meditate your mind
I am a big believer in mindfulness after I learnt all about it in a leadership course a few years back. My daily meditation routine gives me focus and really sets me up for the day. It certainly helps me get through the stresses that lockdown puts on us.
Take a break
I’ve been getting outside (while abiding by lockdown rules, of course) to enjoy walks with my wife and kids each afternoon. Stepping away from my screens to get outside gives me a break from my work day, plus it allows me to spend some quality time with my family in the evenings.
Melissa Starfield, Broker Relationships Manager
Get the kids cooking
During lockdown, children need to be entertained and there are plenty of easy recipes for kids to help with – whilst being supervised.
Stay connected with family and friends
Virtual family dinners with your parents, grandparents, or friends can be fun. So why not catch-up over a FaceTime or Zoom call and enjoy a meal together in the comfort of your own home?
Start a gratitude journal
Despite being in lockdown there are still so many things to be grateful for.
Watch your favourite shows
Netflix. What would we do without it?
Dean Storey, Strategic Distribution Partner
Enjoy the little things
I make sure I leave the house every morning and head out to the local café for a takeaway coffee. You’ve got to enjoy the little things in life.
Dress the part
When I’m working from home, I always wear a CGU polo or collared work shirt. Being dressed in uniform helps the kids understand that I’m working and sets boundaries between work-life balance. Once I’m finished working for the day, I change into casual clothes.
Tiana Luvale, Broker Solutions Manager QLD
Being in lockdown doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors 24/7. Get some sunlight and go for a walk or relax in your backyard or on your balcony with a cup of tea. Schedule time for physical activity outside every day. For me personally, moving my body helps me calm my mind.
Create a playlist
Be entertained and uplifted by listening to interesting podcasts that feed your brain or create a music playlist that gets you moving and grooving.
Engage in some serious home de-cluttering by getting ahead on spring cleaning. From wardrobes and cupboards to drawers, I find organising stuff to be very satisfying.
If you’ve been struggling with being in lockdown or feeling anxious, there are free health services available to you that you can access from home and remain completely anonymous.
You can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for 24/7 counselling and support.
If phone calls aren’t your thing, log onto eHeadspace from 9am to 1am to chat to a health clinician.