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How To Get The Most Out Of Lockdown

“If you are pained by any external thing, it is not this thing that disturbs you, but your own judgment about it. And it is in your power to wipe out this judgment now.” — Marcus Aurelius

The above quote from Roman Emperor and Stoic poster-boy Marcus Aurelius comes across as slightly smug, and when his belief that events are neither good or bad is applied to the pandemic, I would not judge you for rolling your eyes.

Nonetheless, there is certainly truth in the fact that a less than desirable event (Read: Global Pandemic), can be framed in a way which inspires more than just resignation and depression. In this spirit, I am going to list a few ways that you can get something back from Lockdown and extract some benefits from the current circumstances:

Start An Exercise Regime

As you have probably heard a million times before, exercise is a cheap, accessible and a flexible bulwark against these stressors. With this in mind, set some time aside each day, preferably in the morning, to perform an exercise program of your choice, whether that be jogging, walking, yoga or weight training in the living room.

Make the most of your unique space and any equipment you have to hand, or try and get out into local green areas. If you need some help to begin planning your regime, check out our previous article here.

Learn A New Skill

Learning a new skill is a great way to maintain your self-worth during lockdown, and with many feeling like they are in limbo, some self-improvement can introduce a much needed feeling of progression back into our lives.

Give Up A Bad Habit

Considering a lot of habits are exacerbated by peer pressure, being home-based can be a golden opportunity to overcome bad habits without feeling like you are missing out.

Put Some Savings Aside

Consider setting aside money into a savings pot for a rainy day, and resist the temptation to resort to unnecessary online shopping motivated by boredom. What better way to keep your spirits than to know that you will emerge from lockdown with more money than you went in?

The Key Takeaway

Additionally, and most importantly, not all lockdowns are created equal; some have been furloughed, whilst others have not, some have home gyms and others have little space to operate in. As a result of these factors and others, whilst some may be thriving under present conditions, others might be anxious about money and loved ones. With all that in mind, don’t flaunt your lockdown self-improvement to others as they might be feeling deflated already.

Written by Ross Carver-Carter
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