Everybody is trying to adjust to this unprecedented change to our lifestyles and being apart from friends and loved ones. This can have an impact on the emotional wellbeing for everyone in your family, so it is important to put measures in place to protect wellbeing at this time.
Try to limit the amount of information you expose yourself too. Try to get your news from reputable sources to avoid unnecessary fear and anxiety.
Set aside time each day for exercise, reflection, connecting with others and relaxation. There are lots of ways you can do this. Mindfulness apps are available on phones and other devices and are a great way of helping if you have never practiced mindfulness before.
Being able to do physical exercise can prove challenging if you are in isolation or social distancing; however, it is more important than ever to integrate physical exercise and healthy living into your day, whether that be indoors or outdoors as long as you follow social distancing. There are lots of exercises tutorials on Youtube such as yoga, pilates or dance. Following government guidelines, you can go for a walk, run or bike ride.
Try to do the ‘COVID 5 a day’, which is is a daily set of goals or practices that fall into five categories:
- Have some fun
Laughter, play and having fun are all great resilience resources. Carve some time out for fun or down time.
- Take some time for me!
Make some time for yourself Give yourself permission to have personal space because everybody needs it. This could be going for a run or walk, listening to music or reading a book.
- Compassion and kindness
Showing self-kindness, tolerance, and helping others is proven to support your resilience and will prove useful during the current pandemic. Showing compassion towards others can be a wonderful tool to support your own wellbeing and can promote a community of caring and love.
- Interaction with others
You and your family could all be struggling with positive interaction but it is important that we keep connected in as many different ways as we can. It will help you see and relate to others in the same situation.
- Be positive
Although it may prove challenging during this pandemic, developing a positive attitude can help you manage challenges and grow your personal resilience. You could look at doing something positive for yourself by undertaking a personal project such as learning a new language or crating.
- 1 Decision provide resources to support mental health and well-being
- Gov.uk The Government has published some guidance on mental health and wellbeing during this time.
- Anna Freud are a children’s mental health charity and have advice on supporting your children’s emotional wellbeing during this time
- The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response providing support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak, alongside colleagues at Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care.
- Young Minds is a charity supporting children and young people’s mental health