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We think it is safe to say that the announcement and subsequent enforcement of the 6-day COVID-19 circuit breaker lockdown on Wednesday has left us all feeling a rollercoaster of emotions. You may feel anxious, sad or even a bit overwhelmed by it all.

It is an extremely strange and bizarre world at the moment and amongst all the craziness, it is important now more than ever, that you focus on you, your mental health and the things in your life that provide you real value, such as your family.

To support you over the coming days of lockdown, we will provide you with a few tips on how you can help look after yourself as we tackle these challenges together.

 

TIPS 1: Keep a routine

It is important that you plan your day and maintain your routine. By having a plan or routine, you will gain a sense of fulfilment by completing the different tasks or activities throughout the day. It will also ensure that you do not miss out on the lifestyle you had prior to lock down (albeit it may be an ‘adapted version’ of that lifestyle). For example, if you regularly attended a 6:00pm Gym Class, look for an online alternative and keep that appointment.

A routine is also important if you are working from home. If you do not have a routine, it can be difficult to distinguish your work life from home life and may find yourself working from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep at night. To avoid this happening to you, set yourself a start and finish time (together with your breaks). If you normally go for a walk around the office block at lunch time, an alternative would be to go for a walk around your yard.

It is also important to maintain your regular diet and keep hydrated throughout the day to optimise your health.

 

TIPS 2: Be creative at home

There are far more things to do at home than watching daytime television – just be creative!

Everyone needs to cook, so why don’t you film your Masterchef show at home with your children? Pick a child-friendly a recipe and pretend you are hosting your own cooking show and video it. We are sure you will have a lot of laughs while watching your family episode.

You could also use discarded food or other parcel packaging for craft activities with the kids – you could even use them to make your own board game!

Another idea is getting out in the garden and relive your childhood with games such as hopscotch, tag and 4 square.

Most importantly make sure all your family members participate.

 

TIPS 3: Stay connected

Fortunately, we are living in the age of technology where there are various apps and online platforms available to allow us to stay connected with our family and friends. Just because we are in COVID-19 Circuit Breaker lockdown doesn’t mean we can’t keep in contact via phone call or video call. Support your family and friends during the lockdown by doing a group video call. Facetime, Facebook Messenger, Skype, WhatsApp, Zoom are a good starting point.

Last but not least, remember this is only a temporary restriction, it won’t last forever. Once the restrictions are lifted, we will be enjoying our summer and out at the beach again. Stay safe, be kind and supportive to each other.

This Blog was written by Renee Hii, Solicitor at Clarke Hemmerling Lawyers.

This blog post does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. It is a general commentary on matters that may be of interest to you.  Formal legal or other professional advice should be sought before acting or relying on any matter arising from this communication.