What if I get the virus? What if a loved one falls ill? Will I still have a job in a week? Is this the end of the world? And the list of worries goes on. Take a breath. This is a completely natural and human reaction.
As millions in the UK and across the globe are being told to stay at home, working from home, home schooling children, a ban on all non essential visits outside and 2m social distancing between non-household members, things are feeling pretty “real” right now. Aside from the general worry people may have about their physical wellbeing as crisis headlines are the only headlines from around the world and here at home, there’s the larger toll this is taking on peoples mental health. Lots of organisations have put provided help and advice to help combat the stress of the coronavirus pandemic, and with good reason: One of the main weapons we have to fight the virus is social distancing—a deeply unnatural practice for human beings, but right now an essential one.
Here are a few ideas that could help you survive spiralling negative thoughts and rising anxiety during this uncertain time.
1. Have a routine
Try and maintain some semblance of structure from the pre-lockdown days. Routine is important, especially for children, under normal conditions. As the schools are closed and many people are working from home and juggling both work and childcare, a routine may feel like the impossible challenge. The longer you work from home, the more tempting it could be to fall into a more … erm … lethargic lifestyle, this could lead to negative thinking. Try to wake up and go to bed around the same time, eat meals, shower, adapt your exercise regimen, and get dressed! Sticking to your normal routine will keep you active and less likely to spiral, it will also be easier to readjust to the outside world when it’s time to get back to work.
2. Tidy home, tidy mind
With all the uncertainly happening outside your home, keeping the inside tidy, organised, predictable and clean is helpful. Setting up mental zones for daily activities can be helpful to organise your day. For example, try not to eat in bed or work on the sofa – just as before, eat at the kitchen table and work at your desk. Loosening these boundaries just muddles your routine and can make the day feel very long. Additionally, a cluttered home can cause you to become uneasy and claustrophobic within your environment – so keep it tidy.
3. Change your mindset
Reframe “I am stuck inside” to “I can finally focus on my home and myself”. The world as we knew it may feel over right now and replaced by something far more dismal, think of the mandated work-from-home policy as an opportunity to refocus your attention from the external to the internal. Doing one productive thing per day can lead to a more positive attitude. Set your sights on long-avoided tasks, reorganise, make or read something you’ve always wanted to. Approaching this time with a mindset of feeling trapped or stuck will only stress you out more. See this as a positive opportunity to slow down and focus on yourself.
4. Don’t obsess over media coverage
Choose your preferred source for reliable news updates and set a limited amount of time each day, perhaps two chunks of 30 minutes in a morning and an evening for the latest news. With a diary empty of social obligations and perhaps reduced work there is plenty of time to obsess, and developing a tendency to consult Google and social channels you may be over-researching the pandemic, symptoms and local cases.
Below are our top three official and reliable sources of information:
World Health Organisation
UK Government response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
5. Start something new
Why not do something special during these lockdown days? Perhaps you can start a daily journal to jot down thoughts and feelings to reflect on later. Or take a walk every day at 4pm, connect with a family member of friend overseas over FaceTime or Zoom – everyone is at home or start something that takes a while to finish a watercolour painting or jigsaw which you can add to everyday. In our home we have started a poster and everyone adds one thing a day they are grateful for, with kids in the house it started off with the obvious phone, bicycle but it’s already evolved and the little things like blue skies, spring flowers, clean water are being recognised. Having something special during this time will help you feel positive and look forward to each new day.
6. CBD to the rescue
One way to help ease the stress right now it to introduce full-spectrum CBD oils into your daily routine. CBD works on receptors in our brain, which tell our body to slow down, power down, and that we are safe. If your sleep is disrupted CBD is a natural way to find relief from insomnia as well as anxiety and general stress. When you are relaxed you are much less susceptible to having your immune system compromised. Our 10% CBD Oil and 8% Peppermint CBD Oil are two of our most popular oils for first time customers but please do get in touch as we are here to help, advise and support you on your CBD journey.
7. Maintain social connections
Human beings are fundamentally social creatures, and in times of crises it’s natural to want to gather and social connectivity is one of our most basic psychological needs. Unfortunately, it’s the opposite of what we can do right now, so we have to be creative, to maintain both psychological closeness and a sense of community. Texting, WhatsApp, Messaging, Social Media are ok, but picking up the phone and talking or videoconferencing, or having a safe 2m distance conversation with a neighbour, is much better.
8. Help others, from a distance
Being of service is one of the best things we can do for society—and on a more selfish note, for ourselves. Helping others, even via small acts of kindness, has strong and immediate mental health benefits. Feeling a sense of purpose has also been shown to help people recover from negative events and build resilience in times of crisis. For people who are lucky enough to be healthy right now and not caring for a loved one who’s sick, finding ways to help others in your local community or sign up as an NHS volunteer here https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS Helping in this kind of crisis is actually very good for your own mental well-being.
9. Be Proactive
One way to help ease the stress right now it to introduce full-spectrum CBD oils The global economy has been shocked by the coronavirus pandemic and with increasing levels of uncertainty, understandably this is cascading to individuals and households. Most people don’t have an emergency back up fund but panicking is the worst thing to do right now and you are NOT alone it is affecting every single one of us right now. Anxiety and money worries ago hand in hand and one our favourite motivational speakers Mel Robbins shares five things you can do to feel better, no longer paralysed and more in control when it comes to money.
10. Be kind to yourself
The might be the most important thing to keep in mind—don’t beat yourself up when things are not going perfectly in your household. On top of everything else, being upset with yourself is totally counterproductive. If the kids watch too much Netflix or play too many hours of video games, it’s not the end of the world. Things are going to be hairy for a while, and if you can’t stick to your schedule or can’t fit in your at-home workout every day, it’s really not such a big deal in the long run. It’s much more valuable to everyone to cut yourself some slack, use the time to reflect on the important things, and try to keep a sense of “we’re all in this together” at the forefront. Read our simple suggestions of “things to do to help you feel better”
Remember this will pass! Recognise that the situation we find ourselves in is beyond our control and finding peace in the fact that you are doing your part to “flatten the curve” and save lives will certainly build mental strength to combat the stressful feelings during this global situation. Also consider incorporating CBD Oil into a consistent daily routine. Check out our latest offers and please do get in touch with any questions or queries, we’re here to help, advise and support you on your CBD journey.
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