COUNTING THE LITTLE WINS – KEEPING WELL DURING LOCKDOWN
Lockdown is a weird time for everyone. There’s a whole lot of different emotions swirling around at the moment, including uncertainty, stillness, frustration, and gratitude. It’s important to focus on going easy on yourself and focusing on the basics of wellbeing and mental health.
Please remember that there is no ‘one size fits all’. Diving into productivity can be a coping mechanism for some, whilst others are then left comparing themselves; feeling like they should be doing more. It’s completely normal, to not feel normal at the moment! While we can’t change the circumstances, we can always choose to shift the focus to the little achievements of our day.
We thought we’d keep things simple by sharing our top four self-care tips for getting through this COVID-19 outbreak together.
Setting yourself a routine, as structure to your week will help things feel more normal.
Here are a few things that can help:
- Get showered and dressed
Okay so being at home, we might all be in sweatpants and hoodies 99% of the time, but occasionally try wearing clothes that you’d wear to go and meet a friend, style your hair and pop on some makeup. Looking good can boost your self-esteem! #lookgood #feelgood
- Take one day at a time
Try not to think ahead too much about what you’d rather be doing or what you’re missing. Try to remain present, notice little moments you are grateful for and try to be kind to yourself; thank yourself for taking each day as it comes.
- Call or video call friends and family to check in on them
Many people struggle with their mental health; sometimes being listened to can be the biggest help, but it is often massively undervalued. Talking is a proven pick me up and remember it’s a takes two to Korero so try to give the other person space to talk, actively listen to them, whether it’s someone in your whare or on FaceTime, talk it out.
- Get some fresh air
Getting outside can not only lift your mood and lower anxiety, it can also increase focus and creativity. Perfect for working and learning from home. Try to get outside and get out in nature for a walk, or just to soak up some sun (spf on) and sensibly whilst following social distancing guidelines, please. Heck, you don’t even have to leave your deck or yard, just sitting outside and practicing mindfulness and focusing on the present is enough!
This article is not a replacement for professional help. If you or someone you know needs extra support, please contact/visit the links below or seek help from your GP:
Free call 0800 376 633 or free text 234
Free call 0800 111 757 or free text 4202
Free call or text 1737 to speak to a trained counsellor anytime.