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How to stay sane during the coronavirus lockdown

Written by Anja Salchegger

Staying inside and practising social distancing is hard for most of us. But it can be even more difficult if you’re used to spending a lot of time outdoors, which can make it even harder to keep your spirits high.

But there’s no need to go insane. We’ve got some excellent tips to get you through these difficult times!

1. Create a morning routine and stick with it.

Get up at the same time every day, do some yoga, then get dressed as if you’re going to work. Mediation can be another great addition to your morning ritual and may help ward off some of that COVID-19 anxiety.

2. Make a to-do list.

Make a list of things to do around the house that maybe you’ve wanted to do for a long time but have been avoiding, like decluttering your wardrobe or cleaning the windows. Then, get to work. You’ll immediately feel a sense of accomplishment.

3. Exercise!

Get your ass up and do that indoor workout! We tried some of them out for you and here are the ones we recommend.

At-home workouts:

Peter from Hybrid Fitness

Peter runs a small studio in Viaduktbögen 36 in Innsbruck, Austria. At the moment, he is regularly posting super nice workouts on IGTV. Follow him at hybrid_fitness_ibk. And when the curfew finally ends, we also highly recommend checking out his group workouts at the studio.


This awesome gym is offering live home workouts at 18:00 daily on their IGTV. Just follow basefive_.

Pamela Reif

Pamela's YouTube channel has a huge variety of workouts. Some are harder than others, but you’ll be sure to find one to suit you.


Johanna Klapfer

Johanna is an Innsbruck local who offers great Hatha Yoga classes. Check out her website where you'll find her virtual classes schedule.

Franziska Herzog

Some of you may know Franzi from the Mountain Base Yoga sessions at the Nordkette or other classes she offers around Innsbruck. You can find her virtual schedule on Facebook.

Mady Morrison

Mady runs an awesome YouTube channel with lots of different yoga classes.

4. Start Journaling.

When you’re surrounded by negative vibes, it’s even more important to remember the good things in life. We highly recommend writing down three things you’re grateful for every morning and three good things that happened throughout the day before bed. Your life will brighten up immediately!

5. Phone a friend.

Write down a list of a minimum of five people you miss or that you haven’t connected with for a while, then call them! Maybe leave your shitty ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend off the list for now 😉

6. Go for a walk!

We know it’s not the same as ski touring or climbing. And you can't go very far! But the fresh air and Vitamin D are always the best medicine.

7. Don’t spend too much time online.

Try not to spend all your time on social media and limit your news intake to a minimum. There aren’t too many good things happening in the news at the moment anyway, so why not focus your time and energy on more productive things.

8. Learn something new.

Whether it’s a new language, a yoga pose, or how to knit your own socks! Think about something you’ve always wanted to learn and go for it! There are so many online courses these days and many of them are free!

Maybe postpone base jumping and multi-pitch climbing for post-lockdown – here in Tyrol, we hear breaking curfew can get pretty expensive. For the moment, it might be best to avoid a hefty fine and start with the theoretical side of outdoor activities 😊

9. Stay positive!

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when you’re trapped indoors all day long and you can’t hang out with your nearest and dearest. Just remember, this is only temporary. Maintaining a positive attitude help can keep both your mind and your body healthy while we ride out this storm together.


If you're normally a busy, outgoing person, it's probably rare for you to have so much free time. So, take this as an opportunity! Think about all the things you want to do when this crisis cools down and write them down. Paint pictures of the mountains you want to climb, plan new routes for hiking, or find new destinations to travel to.

And most importantly, enjoy the anticipation. Better times are coming!

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