5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing: keep in touch

‘5 Ways to Lockdown your Wellbeing’

To help us improve wellbeing during home living and social distancing, our Exercise Referral Instructor, Fran Andralojc, is sharing her ‘5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing’ over the coming weeks. The third way ‘stay active’ was released last week. This week, we are sharing the fourth way to lockdown your wellbeing, keeping in touch.

Some of you may be aware of the 5 ways to wellbeing report, researched by the New Economics foundation and proven to improve an individual’s wellbeing when practised regularly. Fran has used similar concepts but with tweaks and changes adapted to our experiences during lockdown. For information on these, please follow the links: New Economics and Gov.uk.

Fran’s 5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing are:

  1. Boost positivity
  2. Eat well
  3. Stay active
  4. Keep in touch
  5. Help others when possible

Keep in Touch

Staying connected is essential for our wellbeing. Feeling close to others is a fundamental human need and one we should be taking time out to do to stay on top of our wellbeing. It can really help to boost positivity when we’re not feeling great and can help to take our mind off our own lives and realise we are all in this together!

Thanks to social media and platforms such as Skype, we can regularly keep in touch with loved ones wherever we are in the world.

Here are some suggestions for how you can keep in touch with family and friends during this time.

  1. Have a weekly catch up meeting with colleagues, just to see their faces and bring back a bit of normality
  2. Have regular times and days that you speak to certain family and friends to keep in contact- e.g. every Wednesday evening
  3. If you’re at home with family or someone else, try and schedule in some game time or time where you can just chat, free from distractions
  4. Why not create a video quiz you can do with friends or family over the weekend? There are lots of platforms to support you in doing this, for example Teams, Zoom and Facebook Messenger.

If you’re looking for something a little more creative to do you could try one of the following:

  1. Set up a game on the app House Party such as Heads Up or Trivia
  2. Using any video platform, set up a ‘bake or cook along’ with a friend and you can cook a recipe together
  3. Come up with a daily theme such as ‘funny face of the day’ or ‘happy moments’ where you can help others to keep their spirits high by sharing silly and uplifting things on a regular basis
  4. Try learning a dance routine over video chat with your friends
  5. Set an art challenge every 1-2 weeks and each week choose a different friend or family member to judge the art. This will get the creative juices flowing!
  6. Play ‘Guess the sound’ – send your friends a recording of a sound and get them to guess what it is. You could create a tally chart so whoever has the most correct guesses wins a prize. E.g. food vouchers
  7. Start a book club- everyone can get involved in this, no matter where they are
  8. Reconnect with those around you- You don’t need to connect with people you already know, you can use this opportunity to make new friends and contacts in the community. How much do you chat to your neighbours? How about having a regular doorstep chat with them?

Fran’s final way to lockdown your wellbeing: ‘Help others’ will be released next week. Fran is happy for you to email her directly if you have any questions on anything mentioned in this article.