How To Stay Relaxed And Happy During The Pandemic

How To Stay Relaxed And Happy During The Pandemic

With everything going on and the changes to our daily life, many of us are feeling anxious and worried. It’s natural to feel this way with all this uncertainty. However, there are several things you can do to help look after yourself mentally, feel more in control, and stay relaxed.

Here are 7 ways you can deal with uncertainty in your daily life during this pandemic.

Make the effort to stay connected

Even though a mandatory lockdown is in place (apart from leaving the home for essential travel, daily exercise, and essential shop) it doesn’t mean you should disconnect from people you used to be in regular contact with. Even though we can’t see loved ones in person, you can still use technology to communicate and connect with them. Give them a ring, video call, or even send a simple message over social media to see how they are doing.

Staying connected with others can help keep your spirits up and help alleviate feelings of loneliness. This may be the perfect time to reach out to an old friend who you haven’t spoken to in a while. You can share ideas and fun things with friends, like the new hobby you’ve been learning or new crafts.

Others may feel the same way you are doing – so a phone call will not only help you feel relaxed but also your loved one.

Talk about how you’re feeling

Talk about how you’re feeling

While it might be nice to have a ‘virtual cuppa’ with others, don’t forget to talk about how you’re feeling too – even if sometimes it’s not all that positive. Communicating with someone you trust about your worries is immensely beneficial to your mental health. Talking/talking therapies is often the first step in feeling better. Keeping those concerns to yourself can only make you feel more worried.

The chance that someone else is feeling a very similar way to you during this time is highly likely. Talking about how you’re feeling may also make them feel better about what’s going on.

Our top tip for managing your time when talking about your feelings is allocating a set amount of time every day or week. Keep this topic of discussion to around 10 minutes, then move on to something else so you are not fixated on the negatives.

If you don’t feel like you have someone to talk to about your worries, try to write down your concerns instead. Some people find that writing down their concerns onto a piece of paper helps lighten the load.

Don’t forget about the little things

Don’t forget about the little things

Daily activities such as shopping or picking up medication might be more difficult than it used to be. This may particularly be true if you are one of the people self-isolating for 12 weeks. But it’s important to understand that you don’t have to worry about this as there are many resources available to help you obtain these supplies.

You can read more about the resources available to you on the Gov.uk website.

Set a routine

Set a routine

One of the best things to do during these times of uncertainty is to maintain a routine. It can be tricky due to the circumstances we are in right now however it can help you feel better and more in control.

Try to keep doing what you’d normally do as best as you can. If you can’t do what you normally do why not create a routine that focuses on your well-being.

Include things you actually enjoy. Take time to focus on hobbies. New or existing hobbies can be developed through online courses from sites like Udemy and YouTube tutorials.

Don’t be glued to your TV screen

Don’t be glued to your TV screen – watching the news all-day

The constant stream of information from so many sources can be overwhelming. Whilst staying up-to-date with the latest information is important, watching or re-reading the same information makes it hard for your brain to switch off and feel relaxed.

Our tip to stay updated is setting time aside to learn about the latest developments. Watching the daily UK coronavirus update at 5pm every-day is a great way to stay informed without overloading yourself. You can watch the daily conference on the Sky News website which typically lasts 40-50 minutes.

Take this time to reflect and stay relaxed

Take this time to reflect and stay relaxed

Remember that you’ve faced uncertainty before. The psychological concept of ‘hindsight bias’ states that we tend to create the illusion that everything in the past was certain when in reality, it was once uncertain. The fact that you stand here is now proof that we are strong enough to get through tough times. Set some time aside to reflect on what helped you before. Write it down – and then read it when your worrisome thoughts start to overwhelm you.

The NHS are here to help

The NHS are here to help

If you feel more anxious and you begin to experience physical symptoms such changes to your heartbeat, or loss of appetite, or you’re concerned about how you’re feeling then contact NHS 111 online. You can get medical help near you which includes:

  • Answer to questions you may have about your main symptom
  • Information on when and where to get help
  • Be contacted by a nurse, if needed.

Useful links

Useful links

There are plenty of things you can do to get more help and support if you are struggling with your mental health. You can get more information on how to manage certain aspects on the EveryMindMatters website.

Young Minds has guidance on talking to your child about COVID-19

The NHS mental health and wellbeing advice page has a self-assessment, as well as audio guides and other tools you can use while staying at home.

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