The current outbreak of coronavirus has meant that life has changed for us all. This sudden shift in day-to-day life may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated. But you’re not alone.
However you may be feeling right now is completely normal. The world as we know it is changing daily, and having little control over it is scary. But it’s important to remember that it’s ok to feel this way.
Keep reminding yourself that this situation is temporary and these difficult feelings and mix of emotions you have right now will eventually pass.
April is Stress Awareness Month, which couldn’t have come around at a more suitable time. The Stress Management Society have introduced ‘The 30 Day Challenge’ which encourages you to pick one action for your Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing to carry out every day. It takes 30 days to turn actions into habits, so completing this challenge will maximise your chances of turning useful knowledge and techniques into positive behavioural change.
Below is a list of ways to help improve your mental health and wellbeing at home to help you kick-start the challenge. Whether you follow them all or simply choose one or two points, it really will start to help make a difference.
1. Stay connected with loved ones
2. Talk about your worries
3. Support and help others
4. Feel prepared
5. Look after your body
6. Stick to the facts
7. Stay on top of difficult feelings
8. Do things you enjoy
9. Focus on the present
10. Look after your sleep
But the mental health and wellbeing advice and support doesn’t stop there. The annual Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 18th-24th May, and this year’s theme is kindness. This topic is especially important this time around as we have the opportunity to shape society as we emerge from this pandemic.
This is a difficult time for us all, but by sticking together, we WILL get through it. We know we can’t change the current situation, but we hope this has at least helped to ease it.
If you’re in need of further advice or someone to talk to please visit the NHS Mental Health helpline where there is expert advice available from a number of organisations.