My blog has always been about helping people through recommendations, so I thought it only seemed appropriate to share some advice at this super-stressful time. It’s a very testing time for us all, and the future is uncertain. We’re in unprecedented times and the world is full of negativity around Covid-19. Here’s how to stay cool, calm and collected in this time of utter meltdown.
Restrict your news intake
Of course, we all need to keep up to date with the news during this ever-evolving pandemic. Advice from the WHO and the NHS must be listened to and adhered to. However, consuming rolling 24/7 updates on the crisis is not healthy. I had the news on all day on Monday while I worked and by the end of the day, I felt so anxious. Instead allow yourself to watch the main bulletins and then switch over and try not to read the million and one conflicting articles written on the topic. There is such a thing as information overload, and it’s not good for your mental health.
Have a laugh
Whether it’s a giggle with your fellow isolation partner or watching a comedy show, allow yourself to have a good old, guilt-free belly laugh. Of course, we’re in a very testing situation of doom and gloom, but if you can escape for a moment and allow yourself to laugh, this will dispel your stress – even just for a little while.
Keep up your exercise
Now this is something that is so hard to stick to – I know! I’m a big gym-lover and feel really motivated by group activities, so the prospect of squatting solo isn’t really that appealing. However, it’s important for us all to keep moving. Current advice is that we can still go outdoors for runs or walks, so try to do that if you are able. And if you have to stay in, then set up a workout area for you to sweat it out at home. So many companies are providing free of charge live workouts so you can get guided through the moves, with motivation from the pros.
Learn how to meditate
This is a technique that can help with everyday life anyway – but now more than ever it is important to stay grounded and clear your head from whirring stresses. We are living in uncertain times where each day poses a new challenge but being mindful can really help. Whether you sit cross-legged yoga-style and place your hands on your knees or opt to lie down, just close your eyes, slow your breathing and try and observe all of your other senses – what you can hear around you and how all parts of your body feel.
We are very blessed to live in a time of hyper connectivity. We can email, text, FaceTime, Skype and call our loved ones so we are never fully isolated. Schedule in time to interact with your friends and family members to bring a bit of normality to this uncertain time. It’s surprising how uplifting a call with someone special can be!
Part-take in self-care
Whether simply painting your nails or having a long soak in the bath, these little pick-me-ups can work wonders in times like this. Don’t feel superficial for wanting to apply a layer of fake tan if that’s going to make you feel better – go for it!
One of the best forms of escapism is definitely reading a good book. And now with more time spent at home, it’s the perfect opportunity to blitz your reading list. Here are some book recommendations if you need them. And if you’re lucky enough to have a book on mindfulness and evoking calm then even better – I absolutely loved reading Fearne Cotton’s Calm book.
And one very important point to remember is that we are all in this together. So let’s stay calm, wash our hands and get through this.