A return to how life was at the start of 2020 is some way off. Covid -19 has changed our daily lives in many ways and keeps straining our mental wellbeing.
Throughout this pandemic, it is common to hear people experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety, irritability and insecurity.
The uncertainty and worries about the future disrupt our routines, our lifestyles and mental health. But now more than ever it is important to look after our wellbeing .
Positive mental wellbeing can help you function well and cope better during times of change, and when things aren’t going well.
Below you will find a few beneficial suggestions that will help you to maintain a sense of control over your life
1. Get some exercise every day
Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse.
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly.
2. Refer to reliable sources for information
Make a regular habit of stepping away from your computer and smartphone from time to time. When returning online, focus on information from reputable sources – such as WHO, GOV.UK or the NHS website – , not just sources in your social media feed.
3. Take time to relax
Relaxing and getting enough rest is a must to maintain good mental health. Taking good care of yourself may require a little extra time and effort, but it’s worth it to improve your wellbeing.
Try these simple relaxing techniques :
- Using aromatherapy oil in the bath – a long, hot soak is good for mind and body.
- Read a magazine or a book in a comfy chair with a cup of tea or coffee
- Listen to soothing music.
- Practice mindful meditation.
- Go for a stroll outside
4. Get good sleep
Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel, so it’s important to get enough.
Try to maintain regular sleeping patterns and keep good sleep hygiene practices – like avoiding screens before bed, cutting back on caffeine and creating a restful environment.
5. Stay connected to others
During times of stress, friends and families can be a good source of support. It is important to keep in touch with them and other people in your life.
If you need to restrict your movements or self-isolate, try to stay connected to people in other ways, for example:
- social media
- video calls
- phone calls
- text messages
6. Talk about your worries
It’s normal to feel a bit worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember: it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust – and doing so may help them too.
Monitor yourself for symptoms of depression/stress disorder such as prolonged sadness, difficulty sleeping,feelings of hopelessness. Talk to a trusted friend or a family member.
If things are too difficult, remember you can always seek help. Know the people you need to contact if things get too difficult, be it a mental health service, your friends, relatives or your doctor. Not sure who to ask for support? Consider BAC online counselling services, a team of professional counsellors are ready to provide you the guidance you need to heal and feel better.
It is okay not to be okay, and it is more than okay to get help when you need it.