Lockdown 2.0. Feeling very different from the last time round hey?
The first lockdown was surreal, I can’t be the only one to have thought it would be temporary and then we would return to regular programming. But no.
We’re getting fatigued, we’re feeling frustrated and if Rona could just BUGGER OFF now, that would be great.
If you’re really feeling it this time like me, read on.
As much we complain about social media (and all you peeps working from home, I’m sure you’ve done enough zoom meetings to last a lifetime). But in such an unprecedented time, can I just say thank f$#k we have the ability to connect even if we can’t leave the four walls of our home. And if you’re experiencing feelings of loneliness, isolation, anxiety or even just a little more down than usual. Or if you think you know someone that might be, it’s even more important to keep checking in with those around you.Know that you are not alone, and that there is always someone willing to listen and help.
Also, when I say “stay connected”, I don’t just mean to those outside of your household. If you’re locked in with your lover or house mates, you can create special moments each week to keep morale up. Organise your fave restaurant to deliver for date night, or create a theme for the night and everyone has to prepare a dish and dress for the occasion. Pump your music and have a boogie in your lounge-room. Creating what might seem like small happy experiences in the context of an incredibly un-happy circumstance, might just be the thing to help you get through.
While it may feel like the time to break out the vino… all of the time. And it can be especially hard if you’re home all day trying to keep your head out of the fridge. However, rather than leaning heavily on alcohol and poor food choices to cope, you can use feel good foods to support your nervous system to get you through these tough times.
Top Feel Good Foods:
Eggs- They provide essential amino acids needed for the production of neurotransmitters, and also contain choline, a critical nutrient for the health of neurons and the transmission of messages across the brain
Fermented Foods- I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. Fermented foods can help increase diversity in your gut microbiome. And your gut bugs have been shown to communicate with our nervous system via signalling molecules, thus can impact how we feel.
Nuts & Seeds- An easy addition to your day, these can provide amino acid precursors and reduce blood sugar dysregulation, which can contribute to mood disturbances.
Good quality protein- Amino acids provide the building blocks for important brain chemicals.
Green Tea- Contains the amino acid L-theanine, which has been shown to help induce a state of relaxation and has been shown to be able to cross the blood brain barrier and increase levels of serotonin and dopamine.
Oily fish eg. Salmon, anchovies, sardines, mackerel, tuna- A great source of tryptophan and essential fatty acids for optimal brain function and serotonin production.
Avoid alcohol, excessive caffeine & refined sugar as much as possible
For a more in-depth look at foods to help your mood, you can also check out our blog “Heal Thy Mental Health”.
Stick to a routine
Parenting 101 says that kids are built for routine. It helps them sleep more soundly, improves behaviour and make them feel safe and secure on a number of levels. Well it seems nothing changes as we get older.If you’re just new to spending your days at home or have felt a little stuck lately, sticking to your pre- iso routine or creating a new one can help mitigate the huge shift you may be adjusting to right now. A routine can help create a sense of normalcy, predictability and control. And in this completely chaotic and un-predictable world we could all use a little bit of that don’t you think?
Most importantly, continue to be kind to yourselves and to each other.
Until next time...