It is strange time across the world right now, as we are all aware the world is experiencing a pandemic. This means that we are all stuck inside with no where to go and not being able to see friends and family is tough.
When you have limited things to keep you entertained it is easy to retreat into your mind and your mental health can take a real blow. I have found that during this time I am more irritable, anxious and feel as though I have no energy to do anything or speak to anyone. This is normal and I can guarantee that a lot of you are feeling the same way right now. So I thought that I would share a few tips on what is helping me deal with my mental health during this time.
First it is so easy to keep yourself busy with things like washing of chores but this doesn't keep your mind busy. Using chores to keep you entertained doesn't give you a break, you need to find something that you enjoy a hobby. I have dabbled in a lot of different things such as paint by numbers, wreath making and colouring ( I have been feeling creative). Whatever it is you need to find something that you enjoy to do rather than have to do.
One thing I have been making sure I do is looking after myself, I have been making sure that I eat plenty of fruit and veg and drink plenty of water. I have also been making sure I give myself a pamper whether that is in the bath with a glass of wine or watching my favourite TV show while painting my nails with a face mask. Nothing feels better than a pamper session and it just relaxes you keeping those pesky thoughts at bay.
An obvious option is keeping in touch with friends and family. You need to remember there is not a lot of things to talk about as everyone is stuck inside so sometimes it can be awkward. Fill this time with family quizzes and games. I know a lot of people are doing quiz competitions but you can mix it up and I have found I am looking forward to the weekly board games with family over Zoom.
Finally make sure that you pencil in your daily exercise into your busy schedule. The government has sanctioned a daily walk in order to let people experience the forbidden outside world. We have mixed our walk up with going to the local park or walking through the woods. It makes such a difference going outside in the fresh air so not matter the weather make sure you take full advantage of it. I have also been enjoying Yoga in the morning. With my morning coffee in hand I look forward to having half an our Yoga with a mixture of meditation it really sets the tone for the day.
I know this time is hard for everyone and it affects people in different ways. Just remember to prioritise you in this time.
Stay Safe, Stay Home