I can’t believe that I’m writing about a worldwide pandemic which is happening now. This is unprecedented and a time of huge uncertainty, worry and anxiety for all of us. However, we are in this together and we can help each other get through this. I would like to share some advice on how to deal with anxious feelings to help you through this stressful time.
HELP YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY
- Keep in touch – Stay connected even when physically isolated. Make it a priority to stay in touch with friends and family. Schedule in regular phone calls and/or video calls.
- Be kind to yourself – Go easy on yourself if you’re experiencing more depression or anxiety than usual. You’re not alone in your struggles.
- Exercise – Staying active will help you release anxiety, relieve stress, and manage your mood. Go for a brisk walk or bike ride with your family. If you’re stuck at home, look online for exercise videos you can follow such as Thebodycoach.
- Routine – Even if you’re stuck at home, try to stick to your regular sleep, school, meal, or work schedule as this helps you maintain a sense of normalcy.
- Do something you enjoy – Read a good book, play a fun board game with your family, watch a comedy, make something new such as a recipe, craft, or painting. Doing something will help you to take your mind off your worries.
- Keep a Journal – Writing down all your fears and worries can really help you process what you are feeling and help clear your mind.
- Accept help – If other people are offering to help you, accept it. These are challenging times and if you are unable to get out, do not be proud, just say yes!
- Get outside – If it is possible, get out into nature. Sunshine and fresh air will do you good and even a walk around your garden will help you feel better. Just be sure to avoid others and obey restrictions in your area.
HELP OTHERS (It will make you feel better)
- Reach out to others in need – Helping others not only makes a difference to your community, it can also support your own mental health and well-being. Maybe your elderly neighbour needs help with groceries or a friend needs a chat on the phone?
- Follow guidelines for preventing the spread of the virus – Staying at home and washing your hands will help save lives.
- Donate to foodbanks – Supplies to foodbanks are drastically reduced, you can help low-income families, and others in need by donating food or cash if you are able to.
- Be a calming influence – Being positive and calm in these anxious times can help you feel better about your own situation and will also help others including your little ones not to panic.
- Be kind – Doing kind and helpful acts for others can help you regain a sense of control over your life as well as adding meaning and purpose.
Mind – 020 8519 2122 www.mind.org.uk
Anxiety UK – 03444 775 774 www.anxietyuk.org.uk
Stay safe, Stay Positive