Coronavirus has hit many hard. From having to be in complete isolation to just feeling overwhelmed with the whole situation, these unprecedented times have made us all feel uneasy
But the main thing to know is that you are not alone, and it is natural to feel down. However, there are things that you can do to help.
Staying connected with friends and family is really important. Whilst we might not have been able to physically see them, there are still ways to keep in touch. The digital age has become a necessity and for many, that doesn’t come easy. Several charities and community organizations have donated iPad to those on their own and shown them how to get online, use Zoom, social media and video calls. Many Places of Worship have also opted for online services which means people can still feel involved in their local community. Use it as an opportunity to catch up with old friends, they will welcome a chat just as much as you will.
Keeping active is a must. If possible, go for a walk outside. Being with nature can help improve your mood, your mental and physical wellbeing and reduce feelings of stress or anger, making you feel more relaxed. There are also many fitness instructors who are running yoga and Pilates classes online or through Zoom so you can still be part of a class. Skipping is also a good form of exercise to take up. Easy to do at home and you can build up your skips.
Try something new. We often don’t have the time to take up a hobby so why not give it a go. Knitting, colouring in, painting, DIY, gardening, making crafts or playing an instrument. There are lots of things you can do. It also helps us switch off and just think about the moment.
Take a break from the news. While we want to hear what’s going on in the world, bad news and negativity is not good for us and can bring on anxiety.
Try to steer conversations away from what is happening and talk about more positive things.
Eat healthily. While restaurants and take-aways have been shut, more people have taken up home cooking. Not only is it better for us, but it’s something the whole family can get involved in, especially children who will learn new skills.
Lastly, get some sleep. Try and go to bed at the same time. Read a book, meditate or listen to a sleep app to help you nod off. Just getting a full night’s sleep will mean you feel more refreshed.
Remember to talk about how you are feeling, some people will struggle more than others and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Stay connected and keep positive.