We are now 4 weeks into this lockdown and how is your mood?
It all started as a bit of a novelty 4 weeks ago, and with the review in 3 weeks some thought we might only be shut in for a short while – but now the news seems to say we could be locked down a lot longer than we originally thought. Nobody really knows and the uncertainty can definitely play a part in damaging your mental health.
How are you keeping positive in these uncertain times?
I am following a few simple tips in order to keep my sanity :
- Keep a regular routine – I am getting up and go to bed at the same time every night and keep regular meal times. Also, there’s a Virtual Pub Quiz I do weekly and exercise classes which all help me keep an element of normality and regularity in my life.
- Keep in touch with people – I’m having regular chats with family, clients, and also people I am meeting on networking meetings. Just to keep connected and avoid that feeling of isolation.
- Have a divide between work and leisure – with working from home it’s really easy to just keep working into the evening, so we are dividing our working day from our relaxing evenings with a dog walk that divides the day and means I leave my desk at a sensible time.
- Be Patient if isolating with others – you are probably spending a lot more time with your close family than you normally would, and if you are not sleeping well due to the worry you may find tempers can flare more than usual. Stop, breathe and think before raising voices and walk away for some space if you really feel you are going to snap.
- Be Kind – I am seeing lots of arguments on social media as the regulations we have been told are being read in different ways by different people. Sometimes rather than posting something negative it’s better to just walk away and leave it as no-one has ever had their mind changed by a negative post on social media in my experience.
- Remember those isolating alone – if you haven’t heard from a friend or neighbour for a while- drop them a message to see how they are. I bet they will really appreciate it.
- Exercise – I am going out every day as I said to take my dog Daisy for a walk – but I’m also still doing my pilates class online once a week. there are loads of people online helping with exercise ideas – find the one that most appeals to you and do it regularly.
I love this graphic I saw on a friend’s Facebook post this week – it covers my points above plus more.
If you feel you need more support then my friend Duncan Price from Mind Affinity has produced a coronavirus survival guide which you can download from the Mind Affinity Website for free.
If you feel you need to connect with someone during this lockdown period then please reach out and get in touch with me, even if it’s just for a chat,
Aloe Aly x