During something as unexpected as the Corona virus pandemic, its unsurprising the amount of people suffering with stress and anxiety. Social distancing, self-isolating and fear of the unknown are all major factors that can subject people to feeling lonely and isolated.
It’s so important to address these feelings without pushing them to the back of your mind, so we have put together 5 essential tips to manage your feelings, look after your mental health and give you back a sense of control.
Maintain a structure and routine
If you’ve gotten used to working from home, been furloughed or have unfortunately been made redundant, it’s so important to keep your days structured and to stick to a routine. Going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day is a great way to improve your health and your sleeping pattern. Eating well and exercising is also an effective way to keep active and maintain a healthy routine.
Seek accurate information from legitimate sources
While it’s important to keep up to date on the latest updates and government advice, try to limit the amount of time you spend watching or reading the news. Consuming too much information especially from misleading sources, can cause you to feel overwhelmed or confused. Only check official sources as and when you need to, such as the Gov.uk, the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the European Commission.
Stay connected and reach out to friends and family
Whether you’re self-isolating or sticking within your bubble, it’s so important to reach out to your friends and family. Talking through your concerns with others can help to ease stress and help you to find different ways of dealing with your emotions. Whether it’s a simple phone call or FaceTime with friends, reaching out to others can really help to relieve tension.
Take a break
Even once you’ve settled into a routine, it’s important to take regular breaks, whether this is from work, searching for work or checking social media. Going for regular walks, exercising or even doing something creative is a great way to clear your mind and recharge your energy levels.
Take one day at a time
Curing stress and anxiety isn’t a quick fix and will take time to overcome. What’s important to bear in mind is these uncertain times won’t last forever. Try not worry about the future and concentrate on the present. Take each day at a time and focus on doing things you really enjoy.