- Reach out
Make it a priority to reach out to someone every day. Whether a relative, friend or someone you don’t see very often, just a 5-minute phone call can make someone’s day.
- Limit the noise
Try to avoid listening to the news and following social media constantly. It’s natural to want to know what is happening around us but it is important to find a balance if you find the news stressful.
- Breathe and pause
If you are feeling anxious or your stress level is rising, take time to sit alone in a room, close your eyes, breathe deeply and count to 20. As you practise, count again and again.
As you grow more comfortable, try visualising a scene in nature, or a word such as peace or serenity and focus on that. If your mind wanders, just come back to the scene or the word.
The more we can quiet our minds, the more our mood and wellbeing will improve.
- Take some ‘me time
Schedule some time to devote to yourself. This could be as simple as taking a nice bath, doing an activity you enjoy or taking some time outside to exercise (following government guidelines of course). Remind yourself that you exist, and that you and your health are important.
- Accomplish small goals
Not knowing when the current situation will end can lead to feelings of distress and anxiety.
Doing small jobs we might have put off in the past is a constructive way of occupying our minds, and will help to keep our surroundings in better order.
Now is the time to sort out the kitchen cupboards, organise files or have the clear out you’ve been putting off for a while!
“Mental health is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going”