Last few weeks have brought many challenges to our daily routines due to Coronavirus outbreak. Some of us are still able to work from home whereas others must stay at home and look after families waiting for the situation to calm down. Whatever your situation I think most us of have struggled at some point with feelings of anxiety, stress and uncertainty. Given that, I created these few simple steps that are going to help to maintain positive menatl health:
- Keep up with routine– daily routine is very important to follow during this time. Make sure you stick to your evening routine of going to bed at similar times as you would if schools and work was on the next day. In that way you will maintain the consistency with a good night sleep and the next day you will feel refreshed and recharged for the challenges of the day.
- Healthy eating– aim for having breakfast, lunch and tea with few healthy snacks in between whilst drinking water throughout the day. Having right balance of eating veg and fruits during the day followed by drinking water helps with feeling fulfilled for longer (you won’t be tempted to snack on chocolate) and gives you the energy for all daily activities.
- Physical exercises– you don’t have to be a gym fanatic to be active during this time. There is a variety of different exercises offered for free online (i.e.Joe Wicks PE 9am every morning; yoga; guided meditation). If you have a garden make a most of being outside especially now when the sun is out, which gives us vitamin D impacting our mood. Lack of sun is related to low mood and sadness so whilst the weather is nice go out and enjoy yourself. You can also do walking, stretching, yoga.
- Connect with others– people are social creatures we need contact with others to be able to maintain closeness to practice problem solving and decision making processes. Make sure you arrange to speak to friends or family member at least once a day. Using skype, facetime, whatsapp etc can be great fun to keep in touch with people and reduce feelings of emotional isolation. Make the call first if you feel sad or lonely there is probably lost of other people feeling same way, but struggling to make contact first.
- Come up with a new hobby or passion– whilst you are at home even though this can be daunting make the most of it and do something that you haven’t done for a while or used to do it before you had children and don’t do it anymore. Read a book you started ages ago and never finished, love gardening? go out there and sort out the garden; find those old puzzles or board games that can keep your family busy; do crosswords; learn a new word or a new recipe. The list can be endless.
Whatever you choose to do look after your emotional and physical wellbeing.