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Whilst staying at home it's important to take care of your mind as well as your body. Group Marketing Administrator Tracy Davis shares her top tips.
Added: 25 March 2020
If you now have to stay at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19), it's important to take care of your mind as well as your body.
You may feel a bit bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also start to feel low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you after the initial shock of having to isolate yourselves. Just so you know, it is OK to feel like this. Everyone will react in their own way to challenging events and uncertainty. It's important to remember that staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.
Here are a few tips and advice on things you can do to help keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home.
Work out how you can get those household supplies you need. You could try asking neighbours, family, friends or find a delivery service if you are unable to get out to the Supermarket.
If you need regular medication, you might be able to order repeat prescriptions by phone, or online.
If you support or care for others, either in your home or by visiting them regularly, think about if anyone else can help out while you are staying at home.
Maintaining healthy relationships with people you trust is important for your mental wellbeing. Think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family while you are at home – by phone, messaging,video calls or online – whether it's people you usually see often, or reconnecting with old friends or neighbours.
Lots of people are finding the current situation difficult, so staying in touch could help them too.
It is inevitable that you will feel worried, scared or helpless at some point about the current situation.
Remember, it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust, or you could try a charity helpline or webchat.
During this “lockdown”, like me, you may be thinking ‘Damn…I’m putting on weight.' (Those evil snacks smothered in chocolate keep calling out to me!!)
Our physical health really affects how we are feeling so try to make sure you and your family are eating as healthily as you can, drink plenty of water and take regular exercise – Keep that step count up, you can go outside to exercise once a day with the members of your household or on your own if would prefer.
You could even try one of the many home workouts that can be easily accessed online. A personal favourite are those Burpees, yes burpees…
Try not to drink too much alcohol. Some of us do like the occasional glass of wine, which is OK however, be mindful that it could be so easy to fall into an unhealthy pattern of behaviour during this difficult time.
It's easy to see how watching the news regularly could feel extremely stressful because just when you think you have got your head around it all, it all changes - aargh! Do try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to the coverage of the outbreak. Maybe limit yourself to checking the updates once or twice a day (my TV is now off and I have put a film on about chocolate. Damn my sweet tooth)!
If we are feeling worried, anxious, lonely or low, you may stop doing things you usually enjoy. So, make an extra effort to focus on your favourite hobby, if it is something you can still do at home.
If not, pick something new to learn at home or finish reading that book you started months ago, which will all help to keep your mind active!
Your daily routine has changed at least for a while, so you are likely to see some disruption to the norm. Think about how you can adapt and create positive new routines - maybe set yourself some goals.
You may even find it helpful to write down a POA (plan of action) for the day or week for things such as:
Working from home schedule, going for a walk, watching TV and let’s not forget making that phone call with family or friends.
It is understandable that this may be disrupted but good quality sleep makes a huge difference to how you feel, so try your best to maintain your regular sleep pattern.
If you are having trouble sleeping perhaps try some mediation before bed, use this time to clear out the clutter from your bedroom. Bedroom clutter can be an issue particularly if you can’t sleep because of stress!
Have a warm bath and write that to do list or list of worries, which helps get this off your mind before going to bed.
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