In the midst of this global pandemic, many of us may be left feeling overwhelmed. Anxiety thrives on the unknown, and during the testing times of COVID-19 we are all having to adjust. Although we must follow government guidelines by staying indoors and working from home, there are productive things we can be doing to stay positive. Here are some suggestions on how to keep upbeat during these unprecedented times:
Social distancing does not mean completely isolating yourself. Keep in touch with family and friends regularly through digital means such as video calls, social media and WhatsApp. Regularly checking in on your nearest and dearest will help everyone remain positive. Get creative too – run quizzes, do online bingo, play charades – there’s lots of ways you can connect over video call and have a lot of fun whilst doing it.
Limit your media intake
While it is important to stay informed on the latest government updates and guidelines, there is extensive news coverage about the outbreak and you may find this constant news is causing you huge stress, it’s important to find a balance. Rumour and speculation can fuel anxiety, so make sure you are accessing the correct information about the virus, which can help you feel more in control.
You can get up-to-date information and advice on the virus here:
Create a to-do list
To give your day structure, try to start each day with a list of tasks you plan to accomplish that day. This will help you use your time productively and give you a sense of fulfilment at the end of the day. In these unprecedented times, giving yourself tasks to complete helps you to feel in control. Celebrate ticking off each thing on your to-do list as a mini achievement, and don’t get beat up if you haven’t managed to complete everything, there’s always tomorrow.
Exercising regularly is one of the most important things you can do, both for physical and mental health. It can be anything from a HIIT class on Instagram, to dancing in the kitchen as you make a meal with family – use this time inside to clear your mind. Check out our online OneWellness Community, it’s packed full of work outs that you can do at home and suitable for all fitness levels.
Savour small but significant moments
The feeling of a warm bath, the views from your windows, the birds tweeting – there is still a lot to be thankful for. Take a moment each day to stop and consider all the all the good things, this will boost your serotonin levels and help you feel better. Make a list each day of the three things you are thankful for.
Not only to others, but to yourself and your mental health. Small gestures of goodwill will help you keep a positive mindset. Don’t pile too much pressure on yourself to learn a new language, or tick off everything on your to-do list, if you want to watch your favourite film or series, do that!
Talk about tomorrow
Make plans for the future, create lists about where you will go, what walks you will do, what bars and restaurants you will visit and who with. Think positively about the future – by staying home now, you’re creating a positive future not just for yourself, but for everyone to enjoy. Remind yourself that this isn’t going to last forever.