I’ve been quiet of late. This is because I’ve been spending lots of time on me. At the start of the COVID 19 pandemic I felt extremely anxious and overwhelmed. Along with the global pandemic, someone close to me in my family was diagnosed with cancer. It’s been a lot to cope with. I have good days and bad days but I feel I’m coping now.
I wanted to share with you all what has been helping me and hopefully it will help you too.
The first thing I want to say – it’s okay to feel whatever you are feeling, whether that is stressed, anxious, content or happy. Check in with yourself and recognise how you are feeling with no judgement. It’s completely normal to feel stressed during this time. Please get help if you need it. URGENT SUPPORT ADVICE HERE.
In these uncertain times it’s important to find what coping strategies work for you. Everyone is different and I hope you find what works and recognise what doesn’t work.
Journaling. Extremely helpful to gather my thoughts. I write when I feel like it and don’t put any pressure on myself to write everyday. I write about what is going on and how I feel and just let the thoughts flow on to paper.
Talking. I am so lucky to have such a great bunch a people around me that know when I need a little extra support. Reach out to people, they will want to help you.
Exercise. I try to do 5-10 minutes of yoga or stretching everyday and I do a nice long walk with the dog. That’s enough for me. Nice a relaxing exercise!
Box Breathing. This really works for me. Here’s a link to a video. Give it a try and see how you feel after it.
Good Eating habits. Spending lots of time at home has been a challenge because I have such a sweet tooth. It is good to minimise the high sugar snacks as nice as it is feeling a sugar high this can quickly lead to a slump and then you’ll be looking for more sugar. We’ve tried to get into a good routine and eat at the same time everyday. Chocolate in moderation!
Escaping reality. Reading has worked for me. I thought I’d do some painting or drawing but I’ve just not fancied it. We’ve also been playing lots of games and lots of Netflix.
Minimise exposure to the news. I’ve rarely switched the TV on for news. I’m getting my news via the radio.
I hope a little insight into my coping mechanisms helps you and you find what works for you. There’s a link below to a quiz to help identify the hints and tips and advice.
‘NHS in Mind’ is a free platform containing 8 easy-to-access, short interventions to help NHS staff alleviate and combat high anxiety, panic and fatigue at this time.