Firstly well done on getting to here… it has not been an easy few weeks. Change can be hard, and for some people it can be especially challenging. A lot of us need routine in our lives, and for the first time others will realise how much they need it too. As we are not able to go about our typical routines, our mind can start to wander and thoughts can go into overdrive. We may be more aware of our emotions and thoughts but this does not have to be a negative space. Remember, you can control your thoughts which has an effect on your feelings and emotions. Some people may still be working, still running a household etc but apply where you can. Take a positive spin on the situation and see it as creating a new routine.
1: Even though we may not have work or our classes to go to each day, I would definitely recommend setting an alarm for the morning and going to bed at a similar time each night. Remember this is only a temporary period so sleeping in till 10am during the week will only make it harder when normal routine resumes, keep the lie ins for the weekend.
2: Create your own little bubble, try to just think about yourself and your family. Worrying about things you cannot control will only elevate your stress levels. Try even to enjoy this simplistic way of living and avoid over consumption of the news and s
3: Eat at typical mealtimes if possible. Eating at specific mealtimes allows you to switch off and enjoy time away from working, cleaning etc prepare a nutritious meal and talk to family members, relax or go outside for fresh air.
4: Go outside whether it be to your back garden or if you can do so safely go on a walk. Breathe in the fresh air, allow the wind to make you feel alive and move your body. Exercise is so important during this period as it releases endorphins lifting our m
ood giving us that feel good factor.
5 Everyone has and will have an off day but remember it is just a day, a day that will end and a new day will come. If you wake up feeling great and alive enjoy the heck out of the day, but if you feel wobbly, down, don’t quite know what’s wrong, that is ok. Be kind to yourself like you would to your best friend and tell yourself you will be ok. Because it will be ok. You don’t HAVE to do anything each day, don’t compare yourself to others and what they are doing, just be you.
6 If you have a wobbly day try stick to the basics, eat nourishing foods, drink plenty of water, move your body if you can even for 30 mins, fresh air, and rest. You don’t have to talk, laugh, you don’t have to do anything except be gentle and
kind to yourself.
7 Strengthen your connection with people – FaceTime, WhatsApp video call or Zoom. You can use to see and hear your loved ones and feel close to the people who care about you most and who you love.
Be safe, be happy, be you,