In our lifetime we have never faced a global pandemic such as this and for every person, their reactions and responses will be very different.
What’s clear is there is no right or wrong way to experience the emotional impact of coronavirus. It’s completely acceptable to have good and bad days, to feel in control or out of control, to feel frustrated or calm or fearful or settled. Remember we are all facing these challenges together, albeit in our own individual ways.
Our previously constructed coping strategies and support networks have taken a very sudden shift forcing us to rapidly adapt to these new and emerging circumstances. The ripples of this may leave us with difficult feelings of unrest, uncertainty, anxiety or depression. At this time, self care has never been so important.
5 self-care top tips to manage your mental health during the coronavirus lockdown
BE KIND TO YOURSELF. It’s likely that most if not all of your usual routines have gone out the window. This means you are having to more consciously decide how you spend your time whilst also adapting to new ways of working and living your life. You might be in lockdown alone or with family members you find difficult. Even if you have great relationships with the people you’re living with they’re all adapting to this new way of living too and that can be a real challenge!
DON’T COMPARE your lockdown experience with other peoples. We’re all in this together and having to find a path through it at a time when our usual coping mechanisms and support networks might not be available to us.
REMEMBER YOUR SELF-CARE. It’s so important right now. Are you eating well? Have you managed to do some exercise? Are you staying hydrated? How is your sleep pattern? Do you need to reach out to someone? Remember, all of your normal routines have changed. It will be using up a lot of physical, mental and emotional energy so check in on yourself. Try to accept that the your life now is very different to how it was before COVID-19 and during this period your needs will be very different.
NAME YOUR FEELINGS. You might need to reach out and talk to someone to help process the feelings you are currently experiencing. Whatever your situation Coronavirus will be impacting on the way you experience all manner of things. Your lifestyle or job role may have totally altered. This can be a very frightening experience and holding that all in can make it more difficult to work through. You’re a human being not a robot. Your feelings are valid and important.
STAY IN THE MOMENT. Remember this will pass. There is so much uncertainty in this situation – so many unanswered questions as to when lockdown will end and there is speculation all over the internet if you choose to engage with it. Managing uncertainty can be tricky, so ask yourself if the information you’re consuming through the news, social media and in discussions with friends and family is easing or adding to your stress levels. If you stop and check in with yourself, are there elements of this information that you can decide to filter out? There is so much we can’t control at the moment. Focussing on the things we can in the here and now, is a great way of taking back some power and calming ourselves.
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"During this time, we may be bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also feel low, worried, anxious, or be concerned about your health or that of those close to you. Everyone reacts differently to events and changes. The way that we think, feel and behave vary between different people and over time. It's important that you take care of your mind as well as your body and to get further support if you need it."