As I am writing this blog, we are on day one of the UK going into a state of emergency, although the term lock down was not used, it certainly is one.
I have reflected and thought a lot about wellbeing and mental health in the past few weeks and how this is making us all feel anxious, frustrated, angry and maybe in denial.
This will impact both our physical health and wellbeing; therefore, it is important we take good care of ourselves during these very difficult times.
I have listed seven tips that you might find helpful to get through this anxious time:
- Keep to a routine and stick to it; this will help you feel more in control and reduce anxiety
- Stay active; exercise is a great way to reduce anxiety and improves wellbeing
- Practise breathing exercises; slowing down the breath will help us to think clearer and feel less anxious
- Keep in touch with others; talking to others can help you feel less isolated
- Do something relaxing; relaxation allows us to feel less anxious and to sleep better
- Reach out for support; if you feel your wellbeing is deteriorating speak to a loved one, call your GP or call the Samaritans
- Improve your sleep; try to get to bed at a decent time and wind down before you do.
If you are thinking about counselling during this difficult time, I now offer telephone and video sessions, please get in touch for more information.