What day of the week is it?? I’m losing track of time.
So far, I still feel like I’m in the honeymoon period of social distancing. I’m enjoying my own company, family time, working alone, painting, running etc. Staying busy is good. If I stay still for too long, my mind wanders to the uncertainty of the future. It is an unknown we are all living with and not an unreasonable cause of anxiety right now.
As someone whose brain has a top speed of 100 ‘what ifs’ per second, here a few basic tips on dealing with anxiety at this time:
- Check that you are eating, sleeping, drinking water and exercising enough. Lacking any one of these things will make your body feel worse, which will impact how you feel as well.
- Keep a journal. You don’t have to use a nice book or write a lot- a few scribbles on an old notepad is fine. I find it helpful to keep to-do lists, write down anything that is causing me stress and to note things that I am grateful for every day. These habits help me to be productive, turn big stresses in my mind to tangible words on paper and keep me mindful.
- Accept there is not a lot we can do. Unless you are a key worker, there is little you can do to help this situation except to stay at home.
- Similarly, I try not to add adjectives when I think of social distancing because if I think of this break as ‘good’ I feel guilty because people are dying and if I think of it as ‘bad’, I feel ungrateful because I am safe. It is easier to accept this ‘just is’ and get on with my day.
- Be kind to yourself. For some, this is a chance to be super productive, but for many, it is a time for survival. Don’t be too hard on yourself if your only achievement for the day is getting dressed and eating beans on toast.
Stay kind, stay safe, wash your hands and if you haven’t already, check out Joe Wicks’ PE classes!
Lots of love,