#WellnessWednesday: The power of keeping your mind occupied

Will Uptonon 22 June 2020
#WellnessWednesday: The power of keeping your mind occupied

Keeping on top of your own physical and mental wellbeing throughout what seems to be a never-ending lockdown period may feel impossible at the moment.

Boredom and having absolutely nothing to fill our days and keep our minds active may make us feel depressed, anxious and lacking a sense of purpose.

As much as we love our families, being in constant contact with them (especially the younger siblings) can be frustrating and trying. And, with not being able to see our friends and having nothing to occupy the long days, it can become overwhelming.

This World Wellbeing Week, here are three things you can do to keep your mind occupied and keep on top of your mental and physical wellbeing:

1. Have some sort of daily routine

I know you will have heard people say this to you a million times, but it really does help! Everyone will have their own little routine, even if it’s just going on a walk at the same time every day, or eating your meals at the same time. Routine gives you a feeling of certainty and helps things to not feel so chaotic at such an unnerving time.

2. Exercise as much as possible

I know what you’re thinking; exercise is too much effort. I can’t be bothered. Exercise not only helps you physically but it also helps fill your day and can be a great addition to your routine throughout lockdown. It will help to increase your self-esteem, reduce anxiety and stress, give you a purpose and crank up your creativity. If you don’t regularly exercise and don’t know where to get started, you could use free Instagram live workouts.

3. Start a mini project

It could be something creative like an art project, or building something physical like a wooden bar out of pallets (not as hard as you think), or maybe even working towards a new and improved version of yourself. Define your goal and stick to it! Setting little milestones (like weekly targets) and marvelling at how your project takes shape also gives you a great feeling of accomplishment. 

What are you going to do this #worldwellbeingweek to occupy your mind and keep yourself feeling positive in lockdown? Let us know @studenthutuk and join our panel to give us your views.

Will Uptonon 22 June 2020