The UK has now been on lockdown for 3 weeks, the initial impact has been colossal to most. Over a billion people around the world are going to suffer financially as a result of COVID-19, unemployment has been the unfortunate outcome for many, for those lucky enough to remain in employment throughout the crisis, furlough has become the ‘norm.’ With millions of people now finding themselves at home, scared of what the future holds for them both personally and professionally, this time of change and uncertainty is taking its toll on our physical and mental health. So much is out of our control right now, but what we can control is how we look after ourselves throughout this crisis and prolonged period of change. We can support one another, we can listen, and we can all get through this together.
There are so many factors that will continue to cause stress to us all as we enter week 4 of ‘the new normal’ and beyond. Common issues that most of us can I’m sure now relate to in some capacity, financial worries, a change of or total lack of routine, and on a human level suffering due to a lack of interaction and contact with people, and for some real isolation & loneliness has or will set in. For those still working, longer working hours creep in and a strange new sense of burnout is imminent if not careful, for those not working, how do you fill your day? How do you continue to have a sense of purpose when your routine is all but gone and your mind is racing? Many of us are now homeschooling our children and learning to balance this with work. Spending an increased amount of time with our partners isn’t a blessing for everyone, for some being at home with your significant other is dangerous and potentially life threatening. The fear of the unknown on a daily basis is terrifying to most, and crippling to many.
What we do know is that we’re not conditioned for this level of change and uncertainty, and there are still nowhere near enough guarantees out there about the future of the pandemic and how our nations will be supported through it. It is more important now than ever that we put robust measures in place to support our mental health and wellbeing to ensure we come out the other end of this crisis as fit and healthy, and as positive as we possibly can.
No matter what your personal situation may be right now, no matter how this pandemic is affecting you and yours, its important to know that there are so many brilliant resources out there to help and support us all through it. Try to start at home with the basics that will help you achieve a positive mindset, here are just a few suggestions that could help you;
Set yourself a good morning routine and start the day well, everyone is different and it’s so important to understand what works for you, whether it be exercise, meditation, reading, getting your daily dose of fresh air where possible, or just having some quiet time for you
Don’t read emails or look at the news straight away, there is an enormous amount of news and information to consume right now and it can get overwhelming
Create new habits, use this time as an opportunity to create some positive change in your life and do things you always talked about doing but ‘never had the time’
Ensure plenty of human connection with others, pick up the phone, get on FaceTime, Houseparty, Zoom, whatever means you have to stay connected
Eat well – remember that healthy body = healthy mind
Have a change of scenery- whether it be working in different spaces in your house, or finding a new route to take your daily exercise.
Sleep – we’re experiencing elevated anxiety, therefore our sleep quality is going to be impacted, do what you can to get a good night’s sleep.
Laugh as much as you possibly can. Laughter is not only said to the best medicine, but it has proven mental health benefits, eases anxiety and tension, relieves stress, improves mood, and strengthens resilience
We don’t know what the future holds, but we do need to be open to change as life will be very different for us all once things start to settle back to some kind of normality. Knowing this, accepting this, try to use this as a time to innovate, make positive changes in your life, pivot your business, strengthen your relationships, collaborate and look to the future.
Leading wellbeing coach Chevy Rough shares his tips for managing stress and preserving energy through this difficult time https://youtu.be/XrnPhKSA3eQ
Chevy also shared with us a podcast he recorded for The Whole Man Academy, its packed with loads of great takeaways
If you are struggling and finding it harder than ever to get out of bed, find your motivation, thats ok, you’re not alone. If you’re not comfortable talking to a friend or family member, you can get free/confidential help 24/7 via Hub Of Hope app, https://hubofhope.co.uk, there’s always someone at the end of the phone to support you.
We are stronger together, so be kind to one another, but most of all be kind to yourself