Mental & Physical Well-being During Corona
I write this at a time when I’m sure many of you are struggling to cope with ‘normal’ life. Speaking from personal experience, it can be hard to maintain a balanced outlook on things. The media coverage, the constant array of seemingly endless posts on the dreaded coronavirus. Well I’m hoping that through my own struggles, especially whilst on furlough, I can help you to maybe gain some perspective on this nightmare.
First of all turn off the news. That’s right, you heard me, turn it off. Have it on your phone, highlights or main points if you will, but it serves no one any benefit to have the constant stream of media coverage that seems to be present at the moment; unless of course you’re happy to. But the most important thing is to do what works for you. If you’re happy to watch it, then do so; schedule a time in your day to dedicate to keeping updated so as to not overwhelm things. If watching news sets off anxiety and upsets you then there is nothing wrong with pressing that off button!
Secondly, find something that detracts from everyday life; a real hobby that truly takes your mind off what’s going on. Whether that be reading, embroidery, exercise, colouring. Whatever it is, do what works for you. It helps to focus your mind on something other than daily life!
And finally, the most important thing I feel is to find a routine that works for you. Don’t let society or anyone else tell you what you should be doing. If you want to spend a weekend lying on the sofa in your pj’s then do it! If you want to clean, decorate, watch tv then do so. Everyone copes differently and personally I feel like the ‘keep positive’ and ‘carry on’ messages constantly being banded about sometimes do more harm than good. People have their own worries and they are not insignificant just because it may be about when they can go back to work, or if they have enough money to feed their family. If you need help, ask for it and the people that truly matter will always be there