10 Tips To Focus On This Lockdown
Being stuck in lockdown is hard on everyone. From the closure of businesses to the disruption in our daily routine it can all be quite overwhelming. As I touched on in my last article it is important to channel your energy into areas that you can control so here are 10 key areas to focus on each week that will have a dramatic effect on your physical and mental health.
1: Keep a routine
Having a daily routine is key to keep us productive and efficient with our time. With the closure of businesses and the increase of people working from home the usual routine of getting up to go to the gym before the commute to work goes out the window. If you are working from home, it can be super easy to spend most of the day moping around the house scrolling, and before you know it a couple of hours have passed, and nothing has been done. I’d highly recommend that you map your day out and block time for sufficient tasks. So, for instance, start your day off by getting out for a walk. This will be a super-easy way to start your day off with some light exercise and leave you feeling refreshed and more productive once you get to the desk. Follow this up by blocking time for lunch and a home workout along with fitting time for any other hobbies or areas listed below into your day. Having time blocked for certain tasks will allow you to be more productive within that timeframe which will then allow you to devote time to the next task keeping you busy and not going insane each day.
2: Don’t shy away from your goals
Having something to work towards is so essential regardless of it being health and fitness-related or not it helps us stay committed to the process. Simply continuing to work towards a specific goal or setting now goals to achieve in lockdown will be a great way to channel your energy and free time into.
3: Exercise Daily
Working out from home is still going to be a great way to keep healthy and progress whilst the gyms are closed. Even if you don’t have any equipment you will still be able to get a solid session in by being creative. Any form of activity is better than nothing so getting out for runs or having step count goals are all great ways to keep you moving.
Check out our last article to give you some home workout inspiration!
4: Get more creative in the kitchen
Getting creative in the kitchen is going to hit so many nails on the head. It is a great way to take up some additional time on your own or with your family, allow you to try new healthy recipes that will spice up your nutrition intake, and let’s face it, who doesn’t like good food J
Keep your eyes peeled for some new Precision recipes coming soon!
5: Allow yourself to sleep more
Sleeping is Key. Feeling well-rested will have a huge impact on how you feel day to day, your overall energy levels, recovery, and productivity. If you’re in a position where you have more time on your hands, then don’t feel guilty sleeping a little longer than you usually would or taking a nap.
6: Pick up a new hobby
I remember being on a course back in London a few years ago and the lecturer asked a bunch of trainers what are our hobbies? As you can guess the majority of us said training. However, coaching and training in our job and since that day I have emphasized to anyone I talk to how important it is to have a hobby. Something that you can turn to when you have had a super stressful day at work or something that genuinely puts a smile on your face and allows you to de-stress. For me, that now is Dj’ing or getting out on the BMX/Mountain bike with my friends. With the additional time on your hands picking up a new hobby is going to be so beneficial and creative. Anything from art, music & photography are all great hobby’s. The list is endless.
7: Practice self-development
This is something that I think will be super valuable to anyone in lockdown. Our mindset and thought process are so powerful so delving into some podcasts or books on this topic will play a huge role in improving how you feel.
My favorite books are:
1: Mindset by Carol Dweck
2: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
3: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
4: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k by Mark Hanson
8: Practice yoga
A great way to keep active, work on flexibility, improve breathing mechanics & de-stress is by incorporating yoga flows into your weekly routine. There are tonnes of really good guided yoga tutorials on YouTube so find a quiet space in your house, light a candle and get your zen on.
9: Keep in contact with loved ones
Take the time to reach out and send a text message or call some of your friends or family that you may not have talked to recently. Ask them how they are doing? Some of us may be going through a harder time than others even though it might not seem like it.
10: Don’t be hard on yourself! Times are tough
Even at the best of times, this can be tough for some of us. Especially if you have a goal in mind. Whether it is training or business-related it has been a challenging year for us all, but things can only get better from here on in. 2021 is only around the corner and a productive one it will be.