Looking for a lockdown pick-me-up? From yummy hot chocolates at Costa Coffee to simple mood-boosters like rearranging the furniture, there are plenty of ways to make each day better (Picture: Costa Coffee)
Is it Tuesday today or Thursday? It could be a Friday for all we know because most lockdown days seem to roll into one.
When it feels like weekends are just the same as weekdays and the line between work life and ‘me time’ is blurred, here’s where Costa Coffee can help. Their selection of deliciously indulgent creamy hot chocolates help turn any lockdown day into a really great day, whether you’re working from home, homeschooling or stuck indoors with nothing to do.
It might be the limited edition Ruby Cocoa Hot Chocolate & Cream that tickles your fancy because aside from the lashings of whipped cream and red shimmer curls, a hot pink drink is enough to brighten any lockdown day. Or if you’re craving familiarity, Costa’s classic Hot Chocolate feels like a warm hug from an old friend – and it’s just one simple way to boost a long afternoon in lockdown.
Other proven mood-boosters include rejigging our everyday routines and rearranging the furniture because right now, the little things can make a big difference. So if you’ve hit a lockdown slump, consider the small ways to help you get through the day with a smile.
Just think how good one of Costa’s classic Hot Chocolates (right) or a White Hot Chocolate (left) would taste on your 1,345th local walk of 2021 (Picture: Costa Coffee)
Go for a bike ride
We’ve heard it a hundred times, but getting outdoors really can help us smash through this long winter slog. Rather than taking another walk in the local area, why not explore on two wheels? Not only can it boost physical wellbeing by keeping us active, but it’s been shown to sharpen our thinking and improve our emotions (1) – plus, it’s a great excuse to stop at Costa Coffee for refreshments en route!
Enjoy a warm hug in a takeaway cup
One thing we all miss right now? Hugs. For now, the closest thing to it is enveloping yourself in a soothing moment with a mood-boosting hot chocolate from the nation’s favourite coffee shop (2).
Much like a warm cuddle with an old pal, the familiar taste of Costa’s classic Hot Chocolate is enough to comfort you on those dip days, while a White Hot Chocolate topped with a thick layer of cream will soon take you back to happier mid-winter moments. Or, if you’re looking for something fresh and enticing, the Ruby Cocoa Hot Chocolate & Cream, available while stocks last, is sure to put a spin on your 1,345th walk of lockdown.
Leave home without actually leaving home
Without holidays, offices or that familiar nook inside your favourite Costa Coffee shop, we’re all very bored of our own four walls. But one effective way to feel like you’ve left the house without actually going anywhere is moving the bed, rearranging the sofas and generally just ‘feng shuiing’ the whole place. Not only will it do wonders for the harmony of your home, it’ll feel like you’ve created a totally new space to spend 2021.
Treats like Costa’s Seriously Caramel & Hazelnut Cake provide an instant boost to very average days (Picture: Costa Coffee)
Grab a treat on-the-go
Pick-me-ups don’t come better than sweet treats – and that’s not just our tummies talking, there’s scientific research to back it up. Studies show that sweet things are commonly associated with the reward centres in our brains, unlocking happier memories and mood-boosting feelings (3).
So, if you’re looking for an instant hit of positivity, one of Costa’s irresistible tray bakes could be the solution. Next time you click-and-collect your hot drinks order using the app, why not add a slice of Seriously Caramel & Hazelnut Cake or a Salted Caramel Brownie (4)? Sweet tooths may also be tempted by the Caramel Muffin made with Munchies, which makes a perfect partner to a takeaway hot choccy.
Switch up your routine
Routine, researchers say, is one of the best ways to keep our moods consistent and reduce stress day-to-day (5). No doubt that’s even more important in the face of major disruption like we’ve seen in the last 12 months. But structure doesn’t have to be un-fun. Think of all the things you loved about your pre-Covid routine, like stopping at Costa Coffee on the way to work for a hot drink and a treat to save for elevenses. Building these highlights back into ‘samey’ days at home will soon help redress the balance.
- Bicycling Can Sharpen Your Thinking and Improve Your Mood
- Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK & Ireland, Allegra Strategies (2010-2019)
- The Reason Why Sweets Lift Your Spirits
- Specific products only available at certain Costa Coffee stores.
- Daily Routine May Help Bipolar Disorder