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Romeu: Routine helping me keep focused

16 Apr 2018
Oriol Romeu, Southampton

Southampton midfielder on how he is looking after his physical and mental health during the UK lockdown

Being separated from family, friends, colleagues and team-mates because of the coronavirus pandemic can increase the sense of social isolation, no matter the profession.

And for Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu, establishing a routine which incorporates exercise in addition to the fitness work he has been set by his club has had a big impact on managing his mental health.

"As soon as I get up in the morning I try to do my daily walk," he says. "That's helping me a lot. It's keeping me in a good shape and making sure whenever we come back we're in a good state.

"In the afternoons I put myself down on a mat and try to do some yoga exercises. It's having a routine and making sure we're fully fit."

And that routine even extends to when Romeu winds down and relaxes to watch his favourite TV show Money Heist.

"It's so addictive, you cannot stop watching," he says.

"I just have to watch one a day. Otherwise I'll watch it all in one day. It's my goal or prize for the day and I enjoy it."

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