Easy Steps to make this Time Matter
When a major disaster or catastrophe happens in our lives (perhaps similar to the coronavirus pandemic we are all experiencing at the moment), we can often feel very scared and this feeling can affect our mental health. Whilst it is important to stay informed and on top of the latest news, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our well-being during these worrying times.
Structure & Well-Being
It is important to create a new daily routine that puts you first. Consider the things you already enjoy such as reading or watching movies, or perhaps think about having a new exercise routine, or trying some different relaxation techniques. You could even research new ideas or hobbies that may have been lurking around at the back of your mind. Now is the perfect time to try to rest and relax and perhaps view this period as a new and unusual experience, which might have benefits for you in the longer term.
Here are my top tips to make this time matter:
- First thing every day set your intentions of what you want to achieve during the next 24 hours
- Meditate each and every day, ideally first thing in the morning and last thing at the evening
- Stretch, yoga, dance, exercise – whatever form of movement suits you best
- Go outside in the fresh air for 30 minutes each and every day – ideally take a walk if you are able to
- Make sure you have a good sleep routine, try to manage at least 7 hours sleep a night
- Focus on your breathing exercises and techniques to relieve stress and bring you back to focus
It is also important to stay connected with others. At times of stress, we work better with company and with support. Try and keep in touch with family and friends, in whichever way suits you. This could be by telephone, email or social media.
It is OK to feel vulnerable and overwhelmed at times as we are constantly bombarded with news about the outbreak. But think to the future – think to the changes you can make in your life from now on. Be positive and plan for better times.
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