This is not the post I expected to be starting my blog with however I do think it is very important to address mental health during this new and uncertain time. One of the most vital businesses in our society, especially at this moment in time, are mental health charities. They offer amazing advice and guidance for those who are suffering and I will leave links to these places down below. People deal with situations differently but during times like this everyone is feeling the effects in one way or another. I suffer with anxiety personally so I have decided to share what I have been doing to stay motivated and keep my anxiety to a minimum while in self-isolation.
Stay Fresh and Motivated: It is far too easy for us to think we are not doing anything so we may as well have a PJ day. I am very guilty of this! However, in order to stay motivated sticking to a routine is important and having a shower, getting dressed and brushing our teeth will start our day off motivated and help us to keep a level of normality.
Stay Away from Misleading News: One of the main factors that has influenced my anxiety over the past few weeks is the constant coverage regarding the issue. There are lots of misleading and untrue news articles circulating around this time and if you are someone who already suffers from anxiety, you overanalyse and overthink everything you read. I have taken the decision to stop reading newspaper articles and only focus on the governments key advice. Key information is important in saving lives but with lots of time on our hands it is easy to take in too much negative information so try not to spend too much time on social media as this can become overwhelming.
Stay Connected with Friends and Family: Majority of the time I am suffering with my anxiety I turn to my family and friends therefore not being able to see them for a long time is daunting. The beauty of the modern world is we can always be connected. Facetime or call your friends and family as much as you can. It makes everything feel normal and settled and I always feel 1000% better after I have spoke with my loved ones and I can rest assured they are happy and healthy. If you suffer with anxiety reassurance is vital and although we can’t gain this through the world media at the moment, we can through family and friends.
Stay Distracted: The more time I have to think the more anxious I get so I am personally enjoying keeping my days jam packed and distracting myself. Here are some ideas:
– Disney+: I’ve been really enjoying watching films from my childhood, it helps to give your mind a short and needed escape from the events that are happening at the moment.
– Exercising: I hate exercising but it is good for the mind and helps to keep my anxiety at a minimum. You always feel amazing after and it again maintains routine in your day.
– Self-Care: I have been having a hot bath or shower with a face mask every night to make myself feel relaxed before bed helping me to get to sleep quicker therefore not allowing worries to enter my head before bed.
Stay Positive: At a time of such sorrow this can be the hardest thing to do. However, we must remember that this is out of our hands and all we can do is follow the instructions given, help when we can and stay safe. You must consider your mental health through this time. Everyone is allowed to have a down day, it is an extremely stressful time, but we must try our best to be positive and not let negativity get the better of us.
I will leave some amazing charities below that you can contact if you need any advice or your feeling down during this time. Just click on the logos to take a look at their websites. This is an uncertain time for everyone however we all need to remember that there is always someone to turn too and this will not last forever. Massive thank you to our key workers who are keeping the country running and risking their lives to save ours. Stay safe everyone.
‘Caring has the gift of making the ordinary special’George R Bach