With lock-down now imposed for a further 3 weeks, stress, anxiety and some boredom are bound to increase, so now it’s more important than ever to make sure that you are looking after yourself. Here’s our top 5 tips to make sure you get through this period.
1 Get enough exercise
The effects of exercise are far reaching- from getting you fitter, losing weight and improving your immune system; right through to reducing stress and helping with mental health and depression.
It doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you do it daily. Just getting out for a 20 minute walk would be great, especially if it’s nice and sunny. If you usually go to the gym, obviously you can’t get do this at the moment, there’s plenty of online stuff out there to do at home.
You may want to go for a bike ride or even start running. Although if you haven’t done this for a while, it would be best to follow the couch to 5k plan https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week/
Just remember to keep a safe distance away from others.
2 Stay calm
One way to ensure that you descend into the depths of turmoil and panic is to binge watch the news channels. Limit your news intake and be careful where you get your information, which is especially true on social media. Although the Media would argue that they have an important role in public awareness, which to some degree this is true as it is important to get good information during these very worrying times, always remember the media is great at speculation, which is opinion and not necessarily the facts.
So, it might be helpful to turn off any news alerts on your phone and don’t be taken in by the doom and gloom and fear mongering.
Get your information from better sources like the Government https://www.gov.uk/ the NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or WHO https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1 to get a more realistic perspective on what’s going on.
3 Stay in touch with loved ones
We humans are social animals and being isolated can be very stressful for us, so talking to your family and friends is really important. Modern technology can really help here, so just picking up the phone or arranging a video chat with the whole family can make everyone feel very much better. Why not reconnect with old friends or colleagues that you’ve lost contact with and what better way to reconnect than calling them to see if they are OK?
4 Get enough sleep
Stress and anxiety are the usual suspects when it comes to disturbed sleep, but getting a good night’s sleep can make all the difference to how you feel and how you cope with these unprecedented times and around seven to eight hours a night is what’s is normally considered healthy.
If you’re having trouble getting to sleep, watch your caffeine intake and don’t have any after mid-afternoon. Try to get as relaxed as possible before going to bed by not looking at your phone or tablet screen for at least 2 hours before, taking a bath or a having a cup of relaxing herbal tea. If possible, try to maintain your normal sleep routine and go to bed at similar times. It’s more tempting now to stay up late binging on Netflix box sets as you don’t have to be up early the next day. But this can shift your whole sleep pattern and be difficult to change.
5 Try something different
Now is a great opportunity to develop a new skill or start a new hobby. Maybe you’ve been thinking about learning a new language or learning a musical instrument for a while, but never had the time. Well, now you do!
Doing something you enjoy, especially if you are learning something new, can really help to take your mind off the current situation. But even reading a good book or online quizzes or even free online theatre performance can help you escape for an hour or two.
The most important thing is to remember that this crisis will pass, try to focus on what you can control and leave the worry to someone else.
Reach out for help if you need it, be kind and thoughtful to each other.
We’re all in this together and will get through it together.
Stay safe and stay well
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