There’s no doubt that these are trying times in the world right now. With our physical health being top priority it can be easy to forget to take care of our mental health.
It’s hard not to be caught up in the current craziness and panic, with 24 hr news updates, never ending social media stories and a desperate need for toilet paper leading us to be on edge and finding it difficult to escape the madness.
Here are our tips on what you can do to find calm amongst the craziness.
It’s proven that regular exercise is good for our mental health. The release of endorphins, produced by the central nervous system, give our body an overall feeling of wellbeing by reducing pain and increasing happiness. If your local gym is running online classes you should try to participate, you will also find that the online socialising you get from the class, and having a scheduled time to exercise will boost your mental health.
Stop Watching TV
We know this isn’t easy, especially when we’re all being told to stay indoors, but consuming world news 12 hours a day can be depressing. By all means, stay up to date with what is happening in the world, but choose one news program to watch, one Netflix show then find something else to do. It could be reading a book, taking a walk or chatting to a friend. Don’t be absorbed in watching ‘worst case scenarios’ over and over again.
Socialise – as best you can
Spending time with friends is important but is made difficult at the moment with ‘social distancing’. In my group of friends we have implemented Wine Online – a weekly online catch up with a glass of wine. It gives us the chance to chat, catch up and support one another without being in the same room. Another thing you can do is take a walk with one friend. It’s easy to maintain a 1.5m distance whilst walking, and the fresh air and chance to talk will do you good.
Turn off social media
This can be difficult for most of us, with our phones always with us and our natural desire to check in with what everyone is doing. Social media has many benefits, but is also a breeding ground for misinformation and hysteria. Don’t discard it completely as it can be a good social tool, but choose a time of day when you will look at it, for example 8 o’clock each night for one hour, and stick to it. If you know that social media is making you feel worse, delete the app from your phone so that it is not as simple to access.
Spend more time with family
With a lot of people working from home and kids being home schooled, this is a great time to make family memories. Make plans for family holidays you will take when things return to normal, teach your kids to cook your favourite meals, take walks together or build an obstacle course in the backyard.
It can seem scary now, especially with so much uncertainty, but it is important to take care of your mental health so that you can be of benefit to yourself and others over the coming months.
We’re always here for you so if you want to reach out.