Take control when in lockdown


December 14, 2020

I’m writing this article while in a global pandemic. It’s almost the holiday season and we got the news today that there will be a lockdown during Christmas and New Year’s eve. This means there is nowhere to go and you are forced to stay at home. I feel like a lot of people are struggling with this, so I decided to dedicate a small article to it.

Staying at home doesn’t sound all too hard. The hard thing is it is forced upon you and you have nowhere else to go. There is no other option than to be with yourself and the people that live with you. This requires you to always be the best you can be and there is no room for you to lose it.

Get in control

So how can you stay in control when you are forced to stay at home? It is easier than you think. Look at the things you can control on a daily basis.


  • Control your food intake, eat healthy foods. No junk food or snacks
  • Drink enough water
  • No coffee after lunchtime, it will have a negative effect on your sleep quality
  • Alcohol is not your friend right now. No sedating yourself, keep it real.

Exercise & Recovery

  • Make sure you engage in physical exercise every day, it makes you feel better!
  • Get enough sleep! Go to bed on time to fully recover yourself.

Develop a strong mindset

  • Do something you dislike every day. For example, taking a cold shower. Over time you will find it less hard to accept difficult situations
  • No social media and as little news consumption as possible. Control your information intake and remove those negative influences. Grab a book or listen to a nice Podcast instead.
  • Go for a 20-minute walk, without any music just you and your mind. Let your thoughts flow.

Build a daily routine

Incorporate all the things I mention above in a daily routine and stick to it. You will notice that it will ingrain as a habit and you don’t even have to think about it and before you know it the lockdown is over. You may find it hard to believe but you won’t even care that much.


These things separately will not help you. All aspects need to be in balance and control. There is no escaping, you need to get inside of your head, face the demons, and control them.

It will not be easy but you will be able to do so with the tools provided above. Remember when you can function in times like these, you will excel when everything gets back to normal.

Stay strong and be on the look out for the e-book I will be publishing on this subject very soon!

Michael Awad

I'm fascinated by the power of a strong mindset. I combine this with being a web developer, which keeps me motivated. But how, you may ask? That's what I share on this website. For more information about me personally, check out the about me page: About Me

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