Here we go again. The national lockdown is now in full swing and it all feels too familiar. We've been here this year already, and we all know the drill - stay inside, work from home if possible, travel only if essential, don't meet other people. But is it really all that simple? The short answer is - no.
This is a difficult year, and we've all gone through different phases. In my case it felt amazing at first- so much extra time, goodbye daily commute, finally I had time to do things I'd always said I'd do. This enthusiasm only lasted a few weeks though. Then you get lonely, anxious, overwhelmed and you start asking yourself if we'll ever go back to normal?
Just when we thought there's a light at the end of the tunnel and when things started to resemble some sort of normality, we were hit with another lockdown.
Since this lockdown may last until the end of the year or longer we may as well make the best of it! As the days are getting shorter and we don't get much sun, it's normal to start feeling anxious or depressed. That's why we came up with 5 fun things you can do in lockdown 2.0 to make yourself feel good, calmer and happier! Let's dive in!
1. Dance for the length of 1 song every day
Studies show that dance helps reduce stress, increases levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin, and helps develop new neural connections, especially in regions involved in executive function, long-term memory, and spatial recognition. Dance can also be therapeutic and can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety!
Ok, so here are the rules:
Choose songs you absolutely love, sometimes they can be fast and furious and other days slow and mellow, your choice.
Dance for the length of at least one full song. If you'd like to go one step further dance every time you would normally take a break from work to stretch out a little.
The last and most important thing is to have fun and lots of it!
2. Draw a Mandala
A mandala, which is Sanskrit for “circle” or “discoid object,” is a geometric design that holds a great deal of symbolism. Mandalas have been used in cultures around the world in various spiritual practices. You can draw a mandala to symbolize the state of mind you would like to achieve. Mandalas can also be used for insight, healing and self-expression. Drawing them can help you feel at-ease and nurture the feeling of belonging. If that doesn't really speak to you, try drawing a Mandala simply as an art project. Mandalas are often used in Art Therapy to help restore a person's mental balance.
Although it may seem very complicated, it really isn't - watch this amazing video to get you started!
3. Create a Vision Board
Now you may wonder - why would I create a vision board when we don't even know what will happen in a week? That is exactly why! Vision board can help you figure out what it is you'd like to achieve. Even with all the uncertainty, a vision board will help you think about where you'd like to be and what you need to do to get there.
You can create a vision board for any aspect and time of your life such as career, business, love, friendship, home, health etc. The sky is the limit! Putting things on paper can help you prioritize, make you feel calmer and actually motivate you to reach for your dreams!
If you're not sure how to get started, keep an eye on our Instagram as soon there will be a special workshop on that coming your way!
4. Try Laughter Yoga
Yes, you heard it right - Yoga where you laugh! Laughter yoga works great with other people, the key is to get above the awkwardness phase because believe me it can get awkward and weird. While doing laughter yoga you should put your ego aside and laugh just like when you were a child. The technique doesn't include comedy or jokes, you simply fake laugh - but don't worry your body doesn't actually know you're faking it. It works best in a group of people, so get your family members or flatmates involved or try laughing over Zoom! Laughing deeply for 15min a day will help to produce happiness hormones, improve your mood, lower stress levels and actually make you feel happier. On top of that, it is a great aerobic exercise which equals to 10 mins of running! Now I don't know about you but I'd rather laugh than run!
Start with this video to see what it's all about!
One of the most important treatments in Ayurveda is massage. Here at THEENK TEA we're all about practising self-care and believe us when we say the self-massage is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind! If you've been getting professionals massages on a regular basis, this may be a nice change. If you've never had a massage, don't worry - it is a great way of getting started! Self-massage is an amazing way of removing the toxins, stimulating blood-flow and learning to love your body. Experts from Ayurveda Pura London created this great guide on getting started!
Now you're ready to start experimenting and feeling your absolute best! Remember to let us know which activity was your favourite! Enjoy! 🙏