Many of us are struggling with our mental health more than ever during the current pandemic however this is not something you should be hard on yourself about. We are out of routine; we are stuck at home and most importantly we are trying to keep our families safe.
We are all spending a lot of time at home and many of our regular social events are no longer available to us whenever we would like.
However, even if we did not expect 2020 to be this way, it does help to try and see the current circumstances as a different period in your life, and not necessarily a bad one.
The pandemic does mean a different style of life, but this is a chance to be in touch with others in a different way to usual. We are very fortunate to have technology around and be in touch with other people regularly on social media, Zoom, e-mail or on the phone, as they are still amazing ways of being close to the people who matter to you the most.
Below are a few top tips to help you, your family, and your friends with your mental health throughout this difficult time;
Try to stay connected
At times of when we are feeling stressed, we tend to feel better when speaking to friends, family, and colleagues. Ask questions, how are you feeling today? Are you finding home schooling hard? So many people around you are facing the same challenges! Everyone has been put into a situation they have never been tasked with before and checking up on one another is important!
Without a routine it is very easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse. Try eating healthy, well balanced meals and exercise. Short burst of Physical activity will allow you to destress and remain active, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go for a walk or run, you could do some dancing, play with your children or even perform domestic chores.
Meditation and deep breaths can help you remain calm. The littlest things that you might believe are pointless can be extremely beneficial to clearing your mind and help to shift your focus. Try focussing on the things that you can control.
Carry on doing the things you enjoy
Make a little bit of effort to focus on your favourite things to do if it is something you can still do at the comfort of your own home. If not, why not pick something new to learn?
At the moment our lives have changed and this may continue for a while. We are all likely to see some disruption to our normal routines. In a positive way think of how you can adapt these new routines and set yourself realistic goals.
Look after your sleep
Good quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel, so it is very important to make sure you are getting enough.
Share an act of kindness
Not only does doing something kind for someone else help them, but it can also give you a positive boost. People around the world are sharing a variety of random acts of kindness throughout this pandemic. Please see below and why not give one of them a go?
- Donating to foodbanks
- Donating to a charity
- Sending a motivational text to a friend who is struggling
- Contacting someone you have not seen in a while and arranging a phone catch up
- Lending your ear – calling a colleague to ask how they are finding the change in routine
- Sending a letter or postcard to a loved one
- Volunteering for a befriending service to keep someone company over telephone such as the elderly or those completely isolated
- Volunteering to help vulnerable individuals in your area
Spreading your kindness can play a big part in making everyone’s world better. Remember, even if you can only offer/ afford a little or do a small act, the impact of this will still be huge!
We have various resources discussing mental health and the importance of it in the workplace as well as the responsibility we have to look after our own mental health. Our previous mental health blogs offer some great advice for individual of all ages, share them with your family and friends! Remember we're in this together.