Supporting your mental health while we’re all stuck in quarantine!
Looking after you.
As we all know, it’s a pretty difficult time right now in the world. Many of us are stuck inside our homes either suffering with the disease, hoping we don’t get the disease, worrying about loved ones, worrying about how we’re going to pay our bills, trying to keep children entertained, trying to keep ourselves entertained and all the while trying to maintain our sanity. Looking after your mental health has never been as important as it is right now so I thought I’d give you some ideas to make sure you take care of you.
Don’t watch the news
The news is our source of information from the outside world but let’s be honest, it’s all a bit pants right now. We don’t need to be tuning in every couple of hours just to be told mostly the same things. If you must watch, pick one time in the day and only watch at that one time.
Switch off social media
Social media is our connection to our friends and families but it’s also filled with news stories, fake stories and people talking about how much toilet roll they don’t have. Do you need to be on every minute of the day? Really? If you want to connect with people, connect with a specific person don’t just mindlessly scroll through your feed. Send someone a message or give them a call.
You have time.
Go for a walk (if you can!) Fresh air and exercise are excellent for your mental health however, at this point in time it may not be practical for you. If you can get out take the time to notice everything around you. Listen to the birds, look at the flowers and savour every minute of your walk (but
remember to stay 2 metres from other people!). If this isn’t possible for you then try and spend time in your garden or yard or even just stand at an open window. You can still appreciate the fresh air and sunshine (or rain, who knows) and take that moment to be still.
Take up a new hobby
Have you always wanted to learn a new language but didn’t have the time? How about learning how to bake really good bread? There are so many opportunities in this digital world to learn just about anything online so take the chance while you have it.
Meditation and mindfulness are great ways to still your mind. Try an app or look online to find what you need to get going. If you’re not sure how to do it, go with a guided meditation that can talk you through the process and don’t be afraid to experiment with different ones until you find the best fit for you. 5 or 10 minutes every day can boost your mood and help
calm your anxiety.
If none of those are doing it for you then breathe. Just breathe. Slow and steady, in and out. Breathe in for a count of 4 then breathe out for a count of 8. If that’s too much for you try a
count in for 2 and out for 4, just as long as the out breath is longer than the in breath. This helps your body calm and allows you to focus.
It’s often life’s simplest things that can be the best medicine but when you’re feeling overwhelmed it can be difficult to remember how to find them. Remember that this too shall pass and if all else fails, just breathe.