We know that this period of uncertainty is tough for everyone. We’re going through a series of major life changes and it’s left many of us feeling confused and anxious. During this period it’s essential that you look after your mental health as well as your physical health. Most importantly, accept that it’s ok to feel mixed up, and secondly find ways that work for YOU. We’ve pulled together 5 top tips we think might help:
1. Find a routine
COVID-19 has probably thrown your routine out the window, which can make you feel a bit anxious, especially if you’re someone who thrives off routine and consistency. We’d suggest planning your day every morning to help you feel productive and to help you stick to a routine. It doesn’t matter if you schedule 1hr of Netflix in or if you set aside 1hr to learn Spanish. The main thing here is creating a sense of structure and having something to look forward to.
2. Don’t consume too much news
Coronavirus is in the media 24/7 and it can feel both draining and overwhelming. Whilst it’s important to keep up to date with what’s happening in the world, it can severely hinder your metal health if you are consumed by it. We’d suggest limiting your news intake and maybe just catching up with the daily Government update. If you want to take it one step further you can also mute certain keywords on social media.
3. Take your daily exercise
Staying active is extremely important in the current climate. Make sure you’re taking your daily exercise whether it’s a 1hr walk outside in a secluded area, or a virtual workout with the likes of Joe Wicks. Exercising will instantly lift your mood by releasing natural ‘feel good’ endorphins, it’ll also make you feel productive.
4. Stay connected with loved ones
Understandably, you may be feeling disconnected and spending a lot more time on your own, which can be hard! Although you can’t visit your loved ones, set some time aside to Facetime them or drop them a nice messages to show how much they mean to you.
5. Accept that you’re going to be stressed
Accept that you’re stressed. Don’t feel guilty talking about your own feelings just because other people have it worse. Your feelings are valid too and if you don’t deal with them, you won’t be able to support others. Talk to friends and family if you’re feeling in low spirits. And remember, some days you’ll feel positive and others you’ll feel overwhelmed.