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How to Stay Sane during the Winter Lockdown

How to Stay Sane during the Winter Lockdown

Posted by: Katt Keuleman


Well here we are – back into another lockdown. Although it’s been a long time coming, you may be feeling anxious about isolating, especially now that winter is upon us. The Rising Stars have put together a guide with quick tips on what you can do to help stay sane during the winter lockdown by unplugging, staying active, and keeping your brain healthy.

Social isolation can be hard, but it’s a necessary precaution to keep yourself and others safe. This practice of social distancing is something all too familiar for many of the families that Make-A-Wish serves. When your child is undergoing difficult medical treatments or has a compromised immune system, taking extra precautions against everyday viruses becomes a part of day to day life. Social distancing, hand sanitizer, turning down social invitations, and other precautions currently being taken to avoid the coronavirus are oftentimes procedures that wish kids must abide by for years, if not their entire lives. To keep yourself, your family, and your community safe, stay home. And to make sure you stay sane, here are some tips and tricks.



Working from home has presented itself with a whole new host of challenges. When your home becomes your office, it’s hard to know when to stop working, especially when our phones are easily within reach. This year has introduced the new term Zoom Fatigue, which many of us experience every day. Here are a few tips to help unplug and re energize our brains:

  • Turn your work phone off

o   It’s okay to set boundaries for work. Work hours are for working and you shouldn’t feel bad about turning off your phone come 5pm

  • One-hour technology free every day

o   Make a point to spend at least an hour every day away from all screens. Pick up a book, write in your journal, clean, cook or do a combination of all of the above. No smartphones allowed! Put away work emails, Instagram stories and Netflix to give your eyes and brain a techno-break

  • Go for a walk and leave the phone at home

o   This is a tough one, especially for those of you who love to have their music or make phone calls when on the move. However, I’ve found it can be incredibly freeing to go out without the technology ball and chain. With no one able to track you down, the world is your oyster!


Get up that Step Count

With the colder weather, it’s hard to be motivated to go outside for a walk or run. However, there are plenty of options for staying active during the pandemic:

  • Do a workout challenge and/or virtual workout class

o   All you have to do is type in push-up/ sit-up/ squat challenge into Google and a myriad of options and images are available for you to choose from

  • Set a reminder to stand up every hour

o   This is especially important for those on a computer all day long. Set an alarm on your phone or make a mental note to get up every hour, even just to walk around your house – this is a great mental and physical break

  • Make a point to go outside every day

o   Find COVID safe outdoor activities (hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing) or just make a point to get outside for a walk every day.

  • Take the stairs

o   This is a great option for those of us who live in apartments, and a great challenge for those who reside in a high-rise

  • Go to the further grocery store

o   Add a little extra to your errands by walking to a further store.



Happy Brain = Happy Self

  • Treat yourself

o   With the money you are saving on not going out, you can treat yourself to that bag or sweater you wanted. Do not feel bad to purchase something just for you!

  • Make time for self-care

o   Take the time to give yourself a mani/pedi, do a face mask, or moisturize.

  • Check in with others

o   Sometimes the best way to feel better about ourselves is to turn our attention to others. Organize a virtual social, meet a pal for a walk, or spend time on making homemade gifts for your loved ones. Even a quick text to ask how your friends and family are doing can go a long way.

  • Deck the Halls

o   Winter is the perfect time for nesting, and since we are spending so much time in our homes, why not make it even more beautiful! Hang up some new pictures, move some furniture around, or order that side table you’ve been eyeing – whatever you need to make your sanctuary feel even more comfortable.




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