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Staying happy this November

Today marks the first day of our second lockdown. And if you add the gloomy weather to it, it is so easy to feel overwhelmed. 
We all know this step is necessary to help flatten the curve and save lives. But that doesn't make the isolation itself any less difficult. This is why we have put together a short list of tips that helped us stay happy (and sane!) during the last lockdown.
We hope these will help you bring back some positivity and help ease your mind. And don't hesitate to share with us any advice you may have in the comments below! We can all help each other!

After all, if we are stuck at home, better make the best of it, no? 

Stay safe and well everybody! xx

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1. Sing your heart out

This might seem a bit odd, but trust us, nothing releases those happy feel-good endorphins like popping on your favourite song and jamming to it like crazy! Remember when you were a teenager singing in front of your mirror, your hairbrush as a make-shift microphone, your room as your concert hall, your teddy bears as your screaming gone-wild audience?  Never too old for that! And yes, we know you know all the choreographies by heart... :) Time to bust out those moves! 
Bit of advice: make sure the kids can't see you, or you'll never hear the end of it!
Apparently Backstreet boys are not "hip" anymore... 

2. Exercise

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You might want to say to us: well everybody knows that! But you would be surprised to know how many people don't exercise at home just because they have no idea where to start. The benefits of exercising no longer need to be proven. Especially in lockdown scenarios where you are not really walking anymore, where you are not doing basic tasks that used to help move your body without you realising it. But there are ways around it.
If you are an avid runner, go for a run (personally love running in this weather). If you are more of a yoga/pilates type of person, many studios or PTs offer online tutorials (most of the time free!). If you are a Hiit kind of person, you don't need to look further than YouTube, there are a million and one videos available on there. And they range from 10 minutes to 1 hour workouts. 

We've listed a few of links below, hopefully you'll find something you like!
- Short but intense Hiit classes: Pamela Reif on YouTube, Belle Hutt on Instagram
- Dance and Fitness classes: Faye Edwards on Instagram 
- Pilates and Yoga classes: Heartcore's instagram page offers many workouts for free (look at their IGTV uploaded videos)

And if you struggle with motivation, why not set-up a virtual "exercise buddy" situation with a friend? Where you can both exercise together on Facetime or Zoom? We guarantee a spike in motivation, and a few (many) laughs down the road!

3. Self-care 

Make sure you take some time to look after yourself.
- Take 5/10minutes out of your day to meditate and re-focus your energy. Close your eyes, focus on your breathing, and take your mind of the present if you can!
- Take care of your hair - a lovely home made hair mask with coconut oil and cinnamon for example that you could use to massage your scalp and relax!
- Take care of your skin - you would be amazed at how relaxing a quick self face massage can be. It release tension, makes you feel better and helps the skin quality of your face. We love Danna Omari's tutorials, some of them are 1 minute long so no excuses!  Follow her @Noyskincare.

4. Watch feel good movies and series

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There are many amazing series out there that you can binge watch on Netflix, Apple or Amazon Prime. But the trendiest shows tend to be quite dark and stressful. If you are fine with that, good on you, binge away! But if you (like us) are already a bit stressed with the current situation that we are in, maybe this month stir away from these shows and instead watch feel-good, happy ones. Hey, you can always go back to them in December!
A few of our favourite / feel good / binge-worthy series here at Lilly & Main:
- Friends (THE feel good classic. As people born in the eighties we stand by it!)
- Seinfield (if you haven't watched it, we highly highly recommend it)
- Never have I ever (we are huge fans of Mindy Kaling)
- The Inbetweeners (British people unite!)
- Schitt's Creek (did anyone say masterpiece?) 

5. Follow your hobby

You always wanted to build model airplanes? Learn how to code? Finish a 5,000 pieces puzzle? Well now is the best time to try it out! You can also do virtual museum visits and maybe finish that book you started a couple of months ago..... 

6. Do nothing

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Unleash your inner hibernation! There is nothing wrong with doing nothing. In a world where we are constantly connected, and where boasting about being "super busy" is (weirdly) an actual thing, it's important to remember that it's ok to sometimes just do NOTHING. Hello sweatpants, ice-cream, and a full day in bed! :)

And as of one of our favourite quotes says 'Train your mind to see the good in everything. Positivity is a choice. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts'. So happy thoughts everyone and work hard on the quality of your thoughts to stay positive!

And don't forget: wash your hands, put your masks on, and help save lives xx

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