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Surviving The Lockdown | Shaka Surf Blog

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The lockdown is here to stay for a while, and for many surfers around the world that means no going in the water, even if it's firing at your local break.

Just a Little Bit Longer

Is something we've probably been all telling ourselves, whilst surf media outlets still pump relentless content of new and old videos of endless barrels and strike missions 🌊. Whilst, we all have to obey the rules and stay indoors dreaming of what it's going to be like our first session back in the water.

Of course, many surfers are taking this restriction on what they see as an essential freedom in different ways. Do you fall into the self-wallowing trap or use the time to become more productive. If you're like me and find it hard to get into the right headspace if you haven't been for a surf this can be agony. Much of the tips we highlighted in our how to cope when the surf is flat article is relevant here, but here's a few more tips for both physical and mental wellbeing.

praying to go back in the water

⌛ Plan a routine and try sticking to it Oh yeah, it's easier said than done. But, the only way I make this work is if I don't be too ambitious with it. Stick to manageable micro goals and rough time slots. Don't be too hard on yourself if you don't achieve everything you've set out for the day, there's always tomorrow.

Ensure the routine has some form of exercise in it. Although, I've not been able to surf for the last 2 months I've been doing stuff out in the garden such as imporving balance and core strength through a balance board and planks. Also, not forgetting cardio, as part of my daily exercise allowance I've also been doing short runs every other day.

💪🏽 Productive Spurts I find that working from home brings many challenges, the main one is being distractions from kids, parents, wife, TV, radio etc. So to get in the zone trying closing the door of your makeshift office, put the headphones on and working in 25 min bursts, then taking a break for 10 to 15 mins. Then another 25 minute burst of work. I find this way more effective than working continuously for an hour or longer.

👻 Stay off Social Media It's hard to get off those habits of checking your Insta feed when you wake up, or going through your Twitter timeline. But don't. Seriously, even in non-pandemic times it's pretty toxic. Instagram especially, as what people are projecting to the outside world is not what is happening in their inner world, and sometimes this can easily be forgotten.

📞 Keep in Contact Many people are stuggling with the social side of things and not seeing their mates and family. You've probably found yourself on a videoconferencing call with someone you've lost contact with or with colleagues. But in these challenging times, it's so important that you keep going with the facetimes, virtual meetups/hangouts and skype calls. Doing so can help with feeelings of social isolation and disconnection from society.

Remember this will all be over at some point, it's how we choose what happens afterwards is key.

How are you coping with the lockdown and ban on surfing, and how will you spend your first time back in the water? We'd love to know in the comments.

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