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If you’re stuck at home during the Coronavirus outbreak and need some tips to help with your mental health, you have come to the right place.
Being on lockdown can make us all feel depressed and more anxious. Self care for ourselves and our families are more important than ever.
Here are some suggestions of things to do to help your mental health and self care at the moment:
– Follow an exercise video- Listen to guided relaxation (I recommend channels ‘Relax for a while’ and ‘Michael Sealey’ on Youtube).
– Write down your thoughts and feelings in a journal- this helps to clear your mind.
– Nourish your body with healthy food and stay hydrated, so important to get help with groceries if possible and drink lots of water.
– Have a bath to help relax you and keep you feeling good.
– Watch stand up comedy on Netflix, Amazon Prime or on TV.
– Do a puzzle, if you enjoy them.
– Play a board or card game.
– Limit your exposure to the news to once a day if you are able to stop anxious thoughts.
– Bake/ cook – good for being mindful and creating something delicious, with a sense of achievement.
– Read a book and let your mind imagine.
– Go for a walk in nature (responsibly and if your country’s guidelines allow you to!).
– When you get up- make your bed and don’t stay in pyjamas all day, to get you into a good routine and positive mindset.
– Have a phone or zoom chat with positive influences in your life.
– Tidy your home as best you can.
– Play upbeat music (and dance or sing).
– A few drops of pure lavender oil in your bath or a lavender pillow spray to help you fall off to sleep and help reduce anxiety.
– Learn a new skill- many online courses are being offered.
– Break down the tasks that are overwhelming you in to small achievable chunks.
If you are having persistent overwhelming negative thoughts or feelings please tell someone- speak to a trusted friend or family member, your GP, the Samaritans on 116 123 (UK- you can also email them if you prefer), a counsellor.
Things can and will get better.
Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, look after it.
Chantal Shaw is a guest writer from the UK and the sister of our founder Eleanor.