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How to start preparing for lockdown

  • Know what to expect. Find out what places will be closed and what won't so you aren't surprised when you need to go somewhere one day to find out it's closed. Or find out if they have extra rules in place, ie are you still allowed in the building. I can't tell you the amount of people that have walked into my work when we have SIX signs that say do not enter. We would much rather you call and check then just walk in. You can just set yourself up for disappointment if you don't check before hand.

  • Unfollow people on social media that are going to make you feel bad during lockdown. Anyone that will affect your mental health when it's already going to be struggling because of lockdown is not worth your follow.

  • Try find someone you trust and make a pact with them that you'll be open and honest about how lockdown is really affecting you and if either of you ask how you're doing you'll both answer honestly.

  • Give yourself a spending limit. We all know lockdown means scrolling through pages and pages of websites and impulse buying everything we see. so set yourself a limit and stick to it.

  • Try to plan things you can do and get excited about them. Is there a recipe you've always wanted to try but never had the time or a walk you've always wanted to do? Plan to do them now.

  • Know what to expect from your work place? Are you back to working from home, make sure you know your hours and give yourself time to switch off when you're done for the day.

  • Get everything together early. Are baths part of your self care but you're running out of bath salts? Go grab some.

  • Do not panic buy. Panicking buying means the most vulnerable can struggle to get the things they need and it doesn't help anyone in the long run. Supermarkets will still be open and you can still get your shopping, just like last time. Out of stock items make it unsafer for everyone because it can mean some people have to go to 3 different shops just to get the items they need. Do your weekly shop but don't buy in bulk.

  • Remember this won't last forever, this too will come to an end.

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