The Lockdown survival guide

Hello and greeting my Bearded Soldiers, it’s me your Bearded Captain, leader of all beards and flag bearer of all beards on digital, and digital broadcasting media.

I am that beard who tries to make people laugh and I am that beard who tries to make people smile.

My beloved’s, I hope you’re well and looking after yourselves, and looking after your beards too.

Brothers, we are in a lockdown again, as you know and you will also know this is a tough time for many.

But brothers, this is the hand we have been given, and we need to learn to play the game with cards we have been given.

In this piece, what I want to do, is give you lovely souls a basic guide and some steps in how to deal with this Lockdown.

We have had the experience of it before, but this one could be longer, but don’t worry brother’s your Captain is here to steer the ship!

Your Bearded Leader, below shares with you seven ways to get through this Coronavirus;

Keep yourself occupied

Now this maybe simple, maybe even a tad stating the obvious, but it’s so important! When I say keep yourself occupied that doesn’t mean on Facebook all day.

It’s addictive, I understand I get it, but Facebook is good in moderation. Just like with video games they’re not mentally stimulating.

So what I mean is, look to maybe watch a movie, watch some comedies or even watch that box set you have always watched.

Social media, is a very dangerous world if not used correctly. In normal times, you will be going out with your mates, but not now of course.

Do some reading, do some cross words. Train your brain, in times of being lockdown it could really zap your mind.

So just, all in all keep yourself occupied. Why? Just to keep your mind busy, if you make your mind lazy, you will be holding yourself captive to negativity.

Learn a new skill

I am sure, there’s one thing each and everyone have you has dreamt of doing in their life.

For some it maybe singing, even if you sound like a strangled cat. For others it maybe cooking, even if your cooking kills people’s appetite rather than feed it.

Even if you can’t sing like me (even though I have bled many ears trying). Or even if you can’t cook (yes I have got mixed up with salt and sugar).

But in my case I make a mean eggs on toast ;), Michelin’ five star I have you know … not..

This lockdown can be tough, if you let it. There’s no better time, to start writing that book, or learn to play that guitar.

If you do learn to play an instrument or sing like Phoebe from Friends , you might want to give your neighbour some noise cancelling headphones.

In a COVID sensitive way of course. Remember those neighbours, will be in lockdown too, show them so mercy!

I am being, humorous as you can tell . But, now is the time to dust off ambitions and aspirations that you allowed to put a side on the shelf and gather dust.


This goes with out saying. The need to rest the mind is crucial. To be able to fuel that creativity your mind needs to be fresh.

Mother Captain, always advises seven hours of asleep, but what ever you don’t be asleep till past 10.

She’s a lady who knows a thing or two and she’s not a lady to mess with lol. A fresh body, helps with a fresh mind.


To keep your mind active and busy, I advise a good exercise regime. No, I am not advising to do The Great North Run.

What I am saying is, do some exercise consistently in a day. Doesn’t have to be weights, it can be a long power walk or jog.

Exercise of any guide, releases endorphins and this helps create a positive energy within, and stay in shape too!

Bad news, If you love burgers. Yes, I have violated myself there. Maybe you could do some gardening, or even decorating.

You might know the first thing about using the roller or dashing a lick of paint, but you got some free time to now learn!

When it comes to Gardening, I don’t expect you to be Alan Titchmarsh. You will some cutting hedge technology to make gardening a success.

Let’s face it, day time TV is terrible, how many days can you bear to see Bradley Walsh’s face!

It’s keeping you active and can be exercise.

Work on your goals

I am sure, well had some goals, that we didn’t Believe we would achieve. There’s many reasons for whatever did happen, for it to happen.

Guys use this time as you time, it’s a chance to achieve what you wanted to. Dreams aren’t only Do in sleep.

Keep family and friends in your life

Without good friends and family in your life. Life will be that much more tougher. They’re good for support and to help you where no other can.

They will be the unsung hero in this lockdown for sure.

Be charitable

This one might be hard you think due to Covid, but it Doesn’t have to be.

You get many people giving to a homeless person and then upload to Instagram straight after for E-approval, but brothers we’re not like that.

We are used to the approval, we have grown our beards and we get enough stares and glances of admiration.

Giving to others, is of course a good deed, but it helps you be grateful, but it also helps you by making yourself feel better.

People love to feel good about themselves, and what Better way? We can’t forget to mention there are old and vulnerable locked in their homes.

Most people, can walk around in their garden for some exercise and fresh. There are the elderly who are alone and have no one, and can’t go outside to get some air.

We can arrange calls to them via Zoom or Skype for example. A simple act, but something that could go along way.

So my brothers there is my list and ways to survive this lockdown, but what do you think?

Let me know in the comments. It’s over and out from The Bearded Captain.


Published by ayyazmalik

Hi guys thanks for having a look at my blog :) . Just to state the obvious my name is Ayyaz Malik. I love writing articles, it's been a passion since I have been a 'wee nipper'. To share a little bit about myself I am training to be a cricket umpire (yay!) and I work for the Asian Sunday :) which is a up and coming paper in Bradford. is my way of sharing with you my view on sports world and world in general.

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