Exercise increases wellbeing and helps reduce symptoms of common mental health concerns. Your gym may have closed or your fitness groups may be cancelled, but that doesn’t mean you can’t exercise! Yoga, Pilates, HIIT routines – all can be done in a relatively small space and with no equipment. Have a search on the internet for free workout videos and guides.
Eating a nutritious diet is great for both your physical and mental health. As much as possible, try and stick to a healthy diet despite changes to routine and environment.
Connect with others
Physical distancing is crucial right now, but social connection is more important than ever! Use technology to talk to your friends and family, using video chats to talk face-to-face where possible. Reach out to your neighbours and community. Share how you’re feeling, and invite others to share with you.
Do something you enjoy each day
Try and do things that make you feel physically and emotionally comfortable, engaging in activities that make you feel safe and calm. Continue to do the things you enjoy as much as possible.
Limit media consumption (and choose trusted sources)
Choose how often you engage with news and social media, and be sure to find news sources that are trustworthy and factual. Add in some content that makes you laugh and feel comfortable wherever possible.
Try and keep to a routine
Keep to your regular routine as much as possible, including exercise, sleep, daily chores, work, recreational activities and connecting with others.
Get an early night
Prioritise getting enough sleep each night, to help you feel more energised and focused during the day, and to protect your mental health.
Be kind to yourself
Remind yourself that there is no right or wrong reaction to what is happening right now. Allow yourself extra grace as your productivity is likely limited and your environment has changed a lot.
Try and maintain perspective
While this is an uncertain time, try and view these changes with openness and acceptance. You may have more downtime to pursue your hobbies or learn something new. You may be able to connect more regularly with friends and family.
It is likely and normal that you will experience some anxiety and stress during this time. Talking to trusted friends, family or your GP is a great starting point. There are also many online and telehealth resources available.