How to stay calm and carry on
We live in unprecedented times. Concerns about our health, wellbeing, family, friends, jobs, home schooling, daily announcements, wall to wall media coverage and the uncertainty of our future means that there is a lot to feel anxious and worried about.
There are however small actions and steps we can take to manage those feelings at this time and protect our mental health and wellbeing.
Here are my top 5
- Switch off all devices and take time out away from all media and messages to relax. The news, constant stream of messages on different platforms can increase your stress levels. Take a break. If you find the news upsetting then avoid it completely or if you feel a need to be informed then only listen first thing in the morning.
- Exercise for an hour a day. Use your allocated time outside to exercise even if that is walking in the fresh air. If you can get out while it is sunny all the better as you top up your vitamin D.
- Try something new like yoga, meditation, mindfulness, Pilates etc. We all have more time on our hands now and these forms of relaxation are tremendously powerful and a great way to manage your stress levels and allow you peace to really think and hear your unconscious mind.
- Learn something new. Reflect on something you’ve always wanted to study. Then look for sources of information about it on line. Use this time wisely. You may even discover that this is something you would rather do instead when the world rights itself.
- Pay attention to your sleep hygiene. Bed and the bedroom are for sleep and sex. So no television. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, each day of the week. If you find your sleep disturbed get up for a while and maybe make a cup of tea but avoid alcohol. It may send you off to sleep but it will certainly disturb your sleep pattern as you go through the night.
For some people taking the above measures and doing some of those activities will be enough for them. However, if you are feeling overwhelmed by your feelings and find they affecting your mental and physical health please do get in touch and tell me how you are feeling and how I can help.