Don't worry, though. It won't be anything like the first lockdown. Why? Because you're an expert now. You know exactly what to expect — which is why you'll know that the sooner you start prepping, the better!
With that in mind, here's a rundown of 7 things you can do right now to make the next lockdown easier than the first.
Deep clean your house
Safeguard your house against COVID-19 by deep cleaning every room.
- Clean surfaces like sinks and kitchen counters with warm soapy water, then use an alcohol-based disinfectant to kill germs completely.
- Wipe down handles, doorknobs, and light switches with sanitiser.
- Disinfect your floors and steam clean carpets and rugs.
Buy the cleaning supplies you'll need now so you're not rushing to buy them later. And, after all that cleaning, don't forget to wash your hands!
Buy some items that will entertain you
Lockdown means spending most of your time at home, so it's important to stay occupied. Keep your family entertained during a second quarantine by investing in leisure items before they go out of stock. Some fun options include:
- Board games
- Beauty supplies for long, indulgent baths
- Garden tools
- Arts and crafts materials
Of course, you should only buy what you can afford. Don't give yourself sleepless nights over buying the latest tech!
Don't change your eating habits
You know what it's like before lockdown hits — the supermarkets are overcrowded and it's hard to make good food choices when the shelves are empty. Still, it's important that you don't change your eating habits toomuch during lockdown. Here's how to stay on track if we move towards another quarantine.
- Stock up on nonperishables (e.g., tinned and canned goods) now.
- Keep your freezer stocked with meat, fruit, and vegetables.
- Stick to simple healthy meals that don't require too many ingredients.
- Adhere to regular mealtimes.
You've probably already found ways to stay active during the first lockdown, whether you've been walking more or trying out home yoga. This time around, why not spruce things up a little?
- Download exercise apps for your phone and schedule regular workouts.
- Buy some weights or cardio equipment if you can.
- Get up from your desk or couch at least once every 30 minutes — everyone should ideally stand for 4 hours a day.
- Try a standing desk to help you stay on your feet more.
Set up a workspace
Lockdown means working from home for most people, so this time around, make sure you create a dedicated workspace.
- Pick a dedicated spot, whether it's in your study, kitchen, or living room.
- Choose somewhere with natural light, if possible.
- Clear the clutter and turn your space into an area where you can focus.
- Invest in office supplies and a desk if you can.
Most importantly, make this a space you can step away from once work is over. Work-life balance is crucial if you're working from home.
Prepare a daily routine
If you've been stuck at home this quarantine, you'll know how easy it is to forgot your routine and watch Netflix all day. Now is the time to put a routine in place that you can follow if we go into lockdown again.
A daily routine is important because it gives you a goal, or something to focus on. Here are some tips for building a great routine you know you can stick to.
- Keep a regular bedtime.
- Make a list of things you want to achieve that day.
- Break your day into blocks.
- Always leave time for fun!
Get mental health support if you need it
This has been a hugely challenging time for everyone, and it's absolutely normal to feel depressed, anxious, or even just uncertain over what the future holds. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it, particularly if you're having trouble sleeping or your feelings are affecting your daily life.
- Always make sure you have enough medication if you're currently taking antidepressants or other medicines.
- Reach out to family and friends, and be honest about how you're feeling.
- Contact a mental health support line if you're struggling and don't know where to turn.
- Work on what you can control without dwelling on what you can't.
Take steps now to protect your mental health.
About Your Sanitiser
In the time of COVID-19 and repeated national lockdowns, washing your hands has never been more important. Having clean hands is still the top way to kill the coronavirus and stop the spread. Keep your hands clean and your family safe with Your Sanitiser — stock up now and get a head start on prepping for another lockdown.