There are some stay at home activities and techniques that you can do at home that will help you take care of your own mental health and wellbeing during this time of uncertainty. Giving these activities and techniques will not only help you to support those around you but it will also ensure that you’re monitoring and maintaining your own health and wellbeing. You can’t pour from an empty cup.
Staying Connected Is Important
Staying in touch via telephone, video calls or social media instead of meeting in person has become the new normal. Identifying how it has or if it has affected your wellbeing will be something that you should be checking in with every other day if not every day. Staying in touch with family an friends will help support your own wellbeing and mental health. Maintaining healthy relationships with people we trust will not only help keep communication lines open but it will help those people identify the times when we need them the most. Its healthy to pick up the phone for a chat, even when it seems last the last thing that you want to do. Share Your Worries Sharing your worries with others is sometimes seen as putting weight onto those we love most. I speak to so many people who haven’t shared their worries with others because they don’t want to weigh them down or make them feel bad in this current situation. Think about it like this, if your friend needed to talk to you about their worries but didn’t because they didn’t want to upset you or weigh you down, what would you say to them? Now turn this advice around to yourself and pick up the phone, they want you to.
Helping someone around you will benefit your own wellbeing and mental health. This might be picking the phone up and having a chat about their worries, to it might be picking them some toiletries up from the supermarket when you go this week. It’s important to remember that even though we want to help those around us , we won’t always be able to help everyone. Protect yourself by knowing when a situation needs to be highlighted to a professional who has the training and supervision to support.
How Can You Become Prepared?
Staying at home at the beginnings of Covid19 I became super organised, my house was cleaned from top to bottom and I knew where everyone was and what they were supposed to be doing. This lasted about 3 weeks until I started to feel drained, like I was on a hamster wheel doing the same things every day. My children started to get bored and sleeping in happened a lot. It wasn’t until I noticed that I was becoming unprepared both with work commitments and with keeping my children accountable for their studying. Both have exams over the next two years and I knew something had to change. I started to prepare my food again, I used Saturdays for planning my business and I included a daily walk at a certain time every day while trying to switch up the location so that my children could explore.
Listen To Your body
Our physical health plays a massive part in how we feel throughout the day. If you’re feeling unmotivated try eating a healthier, well-balanced meals while drinking enough water each day. This will leave you feeling full of energy and ready for what ever the day brings. Try and exercise daily, even if it’s just for a short walk in the your local park. This will also help you feel more energetic, it will also help with sleep.
Read The Facts
Find credible source information that you can trust. Please avoid reading blogs or articles that have those negative headings. While doing this please be mindful of how inaccurate information could affect others too. Try not to share information without fact-checking against credible sources. Limiting time on social media will support this.
Monitor Your Routine
Concern around the outbreak is perfectly normal. However, some of the calls I’ve received these past few weeks have highlighted the amount of anxiety that the change of routine has created. Try to set yourself and your children a routine that you can follow during the outbreak, this will help you feel more in control which will help support any anxiety around not being in control.
Still Live Your Life
When we feel worried , anxious or low, we might stop doing the things that usually light up our life. Try focusing on a hobby that you’ve had to stop due to the outbreak, how can you still do this hobby at home or what can you replace the hobby for this period? There are so many incredible free tutorials and courses online, and people are coming up with inventive new ways to do things, like hosting family quiz nights, wine tasting sessions and much more. Go online and have a search, if you can’t find what you’re looking for then why not create it yourself?
Mindfulness will help you focus on the present moment, rather than worrying about the future. This can support any difficult emotions while improve our wellbeing. Relaxation techniques will also help you to deal with feelings of anxiety.
Sleep is so important, even during an outbreak where we can’t leave our homes. Think about the current sleep routine you’re in, is it a healthy one that you would recommend to friends and family? Try maintain a sleep routine that is healthy, don’t stay up to late just because you know you can sleep in the next day. Your body clock really won’t thank you for it when we’re out of isolation and expected to get back into the routine we were in pre outbreak. Plus you’ll miss all of the incredible sessions we have over on the Beautiful New Beginnings platforms.
Clare – BNB wellbeing counsellor