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Five ways to recover from lockdown: achievable self-care for parents


Watering can pouring water on plants growing outdoors
Photo by Karolina Grabowska

Welcome to this blog series. You don’t need to be a parent to make use of it -- this is for parents, carers, or anyone who needs it.


If your mental health suffered during the recent UK lockdown, you're not alone. The demands of lockdown have left a lot of us disoriented and depleted. For those of us who haven’t been able to prioritise ourselves, due to the intense pressures of dealing with childcare or other caring responsibilities, home schooling, working/not being able to work, and being around other household members 24/7, recovery is going to take a little while.


It’s been a year of constant adjustment and uncertainty. Many of us have had to navigate loss and grief, financial hardship, anxiety, depression, isolation, frustration and exhaustion.

Re-entering the wider world after all that is a big ask. We’re in a process of transition, and while we re-engage with life in a new way, we can all benefit from some support in restoring ourselves to physical, mental and emotional health.


So I've posted some practical steps towards self-care, focusing on a different theme each day: 1) nutrition, 2) exercise, 3) mental health, 4) creativity, and 5) rest and relaxation.


I hope you’ll take what’s helpful, and leave what’s not. Self-care is going to look different for each of us, according to our needs.


I’m aiming to keep this simple and achievable. Little things we can do to take care of ourselves. We’ve all had a lot on our plates. What we need now is a bit of looking after.


Next in this blog series...


Five ways to recover from lockdown: 1) easy ways to nourish your body

Five ways to recover from lockdown: 2) gentle exercise for the very tired


Five ways to recover from lockdown: 3) self care to support mental health


Five ways to recover from lockdown: 4) make space to be creative


Five ways to recover from lockdown: 5) everything works better when we rest