It’s been a long and arduous year for all of us however there is light at the end of the tunnel and we realise that we may need to prepare for becoming reacquainted with our ‘normal’ lives. The landscape of living has drastically changed both personally and professionally so we have put together a 5 step guide that will help you take the necessary steps to get back into the swing of daily life post-lockdown.
1. Create a routine allowing for a stable sleep schedule
A good way to start preparing for post-lockdown life is to begin to employ a schedule and structure to your day that is reminiscent of your usual routine. By implementing this prior to returning to a normal routine will assist in the transition and make it easier when it is forced upon us by our daily tasks and commitments.
– Set an alarm for the time that you need to get up of a normal day and get yourself up every day
– Add a structured morning routine such as showering, dressing and eating breakfast etc
– Go to bed at a time that allows you to get a good night’s sleep and be prepared for the day tomorrow
2. Prioritising and planning daily tasks
If you can establish a routine then it is equally as important to add structure and plan ahead for your daily tasks. Planning tasks and filling up your day will allow you to make sure you’re being productive and will help to prepare for return to post-lockdown life. Including things like exercise and household chores is as important as adding work specific tasks in so mix it up. The closer you get to the end of lockdown the more tasks you can add.
– Write a to do list of tasks for the following day
– Schedule to complete the tasks at specific times of day
– Start small by adding a few tasks and fill your day up the closer to post-lockdown we get
– ‘Eat that frog’ – do the task you least want to do each day first thing in the morning
3. Exercise your body and brain
Physical and mental fitness are key to keeping fit and healthy and therefore allowing us to be able to undertake our daily routines without problem. Research has shown that exercise also goes a long way in improving mood. Exercising your brain and body in the lead up to July 21st will best prepare you for post-lockdown life. It needn’t be a major workout, can be as a simple as going for a brisk walk. Some examples:
– Going for a walk, run or cycle
– Doing crossword puzzles or word searches
– Find an outdoor organised sports team to join
– Learn and practice a new skill
4. Declutter your workspace
The professional landscape has changed dramatically since the introduction of lockdown and it doesn’t look like it will be changing back. Working from home has become the norm for a lot of people and for some it will remain that way too. Whether you are working from home or at the office, it’s important to ensure that your workspace is organised and refreshed helping to boost productivity, creativity and mood.
– Organise your workspace ensuring the key items are easily accessible
– Declutter your mode of transport ensuring a nice journey in in the morning
– Make sure your work setup is adjusted to meet your requirements so you can be comfortable
5. Take it easy
First days are always hard so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Ease yourself in and start with the tasks you know are necessary and easy to do. Start with workouts that are easier to complete and boost your confidence. Get a good sleep and wake up refreshed. Make a schedule and follow it. Lastly, enjoy being out of lockdown.
Apollo Recovery and Performance is made up of brothers Chris and Joey Greenslade. Respectively an Registered Osteopath and Musculoskeletal Sports Rehabilitation Therapist, they use evidenced based hands on therapy, corrective exercise prescription and health and lifestyle considerations to suit the needs of their clients and achieve the best results possible.