Our emotional wellbeing is just as important as our physical health, in fact the two are so closely linked that it isn’t uncommon to have physical reactions to emotional issues.
Even those who feel usually mentally and physically strong, could, in these strange times of a pandemic, find themselves experiencing a whole new range of pressures and worries. Are you self-isolating alone, struggling with feelings such as isolation, fear of the unknown, and struggling to keep your mind occupied? Perhaps you are in a house full of people, struggling holding down a career and looking after everybody else.
Many people are experiencing anxiety right now, whatever their circumstances, that’s why our Co-Founder & Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Neil Parrett, has put together some tips for looking after yourselves during the lockdown and COVID-19 crisis.
1. Stop following the news too often. If you want to keep up to date, try giving yourself a short amount of time to catch up each day. If you receive mobile, email or smart watch alerts, turn them off.
2. Keep a daily routine. Get up, have breakfast, make sure you get out of your pajamas. Stretch your activities throughout the day, and try to go to bed at a normal time.
3. Keep alcohol to a minimum. Alcohol is a sedative, affecting the nervous system, whilst you may feel great after a couple of drinks, it can ultimately lead to feelings of depression and anxiety.
4. Maintain social contacts. This is an important one, particularly if you are living alone. With the help of modern technology there are so many new ways to connect. A simple catch up phone call, or even a coffee at the end of your garden with a neighbor (observing the social distancing rules of course!) can help to curb feelings of loneliness and isolation.
5. Become more mindful and conscious of the small things in life. The natural world can be a place of great solace, whether it’s noticing the birds singing, plants on a window ledge, listening to the wind blow through the trees. At times like this we begin to reconnect with things we may have been missing whilst rushing around in our ‘normal’ lives.
6. Focus on learning or exploring something you never had time to do before. Is there something that you’d always fancied having a go at? Learning a language, reading a certain book, or creating something? The Open University are doing free courses, and there are so many instructional videos online to help with learning new hobbies.
7. Be kind to yourself. It’s perfectly okay to have low moments in these strange times.
8. Carve out some time for you. If you are living with others, it is important to make sure you have time out from each other, being together all the time can place extra strain on relationships.
9. Exercise. Any kind of exercise is good for our health. It doesn’t matter how small you start off, try to build up a little more each day.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading Dr. Neil Parrett’s tips for wellbeing during lockdown. We recognise that it is a difficult time for everyone, no matter what their circumstances.
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