So as each new morning dawns we become more used to the ‘stay at home’ rules of Covid-19. Or if we are key workers, maybe a quieter commute, but a day or night of hard work.
Now more than ever it is vital that we do our best to look after our mental health and the wellbeing of those around us. Anxiety and fear are normal responses to what’s happening in the world right now, as are stress and frayed tempers from being cooped up with our families, or loneliness from being even more isolated than normal.
The trick is not to dwell in these feelings or emotions, but to notice them, name them and move on; to do something to stop yourself getting stuck in a downward spiral or escalation of fear and anxiety. For example, …’I notice I am getting annoyed with my family because’ …… take a big breath in and out three times, remind yourself we are in unusual times, and think about what else you could do right now to distract yourself or lift your spirits.
Listening to music, doing some exercise (even if it is only 5 star jumps or a big stretch!), reading a book or making a cuppa are all great.
Remember tough times don’t last – tough people do – and we all have the potential to re-direct our attention and change how we feel, even if it’s only for a moment, and the next moment and the next.