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Tips for mums to get through (another) lockdown

How to Get Through (Another) Lockdown

Here we go again! Just when we thought we were officially returning to our ‘new normal’ after an unprecedented 18 months, states around Australia are being hit with yo-yoing lockdown orders. Whether you’re working from home or straight up just stuck with the kids, it’s important to get your headspace right. Here are a few tips for making the most out of staying in.

Routine is key
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s easy to feel out of control when your ability to plan ahead goes out the window. Getting up at the same time each day, saving the kids’ TV time for when you have an important zoom call, and that 2pm coffee and biscuit break could be the things to help you through.

Take a break
Speaking of breaks, even 10 minutes is better than nothing. Whether it’s a quiet cuppa alone in the sunshine of your backyard, a quick bubble bath right before bed or some time alone with a crossword puzzle, a quick timeout from your responsibilities will re-energise you when you need it most.

Keep in touch
Not being able to see our loved ones is one of the worst parts of lockdown. But, we’re lucky it’s happening in the age of FaceTime and online trivia parties… Imagine if this happened in the 90s and all we had was dial-up internet access and Snake on our Nokia phones. Make the effort to connect with your friends and family, schedule a FaceTime call so the kids can say hi to their grandparents, and check in on your loved ones who may be living alone and needing the company. 

Get creative
You don’t have to create a world-class sculpture or painting, but getting creative is fantastic for our mental health. Adult colouring-in pages, sewing or writing are wonderful creative outlets, and you can even get the kids involved in some crafts, baking, or a living-room dance party. 

Plan something fun
Unpredictable lockdowns take away our ability to plan and look forward to things, which is an awful feeling of no control. Take the power back by planning something fun with your family! Maybe it’s a Disney themed movie night complete with snacks and dress-ups, or a visit to a virtual zoo online. The live streams of Taronga Zoo are pretty fun!

Acknowledge your emotions
Most importantly, take stock of your feelings. It’s a pretty crazy time right now, and it’s totally valid to be feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Don’t be afraid to reach out, chat to your friends, or even seek help if you need it. The Black Dog Institute has some wonderful resources, so take care of yourself!