It has and continues to be a trying time for all of us. The uncertainty of this global pandemic is scary, and it’s rapidly changing the way we work, socialize, travel, access healthcare, exercise, shop and live. We know many people are feeling anxious, stressed, worried and scared about their health, finances, job security and the future. It's important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these feelings will pass.
Here are our tips and advice to help you stay on top of your wellbeing and cope with how you may feel during this time:
Reframe: “I am stuck inside” to “I can focus on my home and myself”
As dismal as the world may feel right now, 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, reorganize, or create something you’ve always wanted to in your home. Approaching this time with a mindset of feeling trapped or stuck will only stress you out more. This is your chance to slow down and focus on yourself.
Stick to your normal routine
Try and maintain a similar structure from the pre-quarantine days. As you work from home, it could be tempting to fall into a more lethargic lifestyle, which could lead to negative thinking. Wake up and go to bed around the same time, eat healthy meals, shower, adapt your exercise routine, and get out of your PJ’s. Not only will sticking to your normal routine keep you active and less likely to spiral, it will be easier to re-adjust to the outside world when it’s time to get back to work.
Avoid obsessing over Coronavirus coverage
It’s important to stay informed but be cautious of what you consume. Don’t obsess about the infection and death numbers, avoid the tendency to consult Google for every itch, cough and sneeze. This is likely to cause overwhelm and fear. Choose reliable sources for your COVID19 information and for a limited amount of time each day.
Plan practical things
Work out how you can get any household supplies you need. Find delivery services if that’s convenient and safer for you than going to the shop. Continue accessing treatment and support for any existing physical or mental health problems where possible. If you need regular medicine, you might be able to order repeat prescriptions by phone, or online via a website or app.
Connecting with others is so important for our wellbeing and helps to make us feel safer, less stressed and less anxious. We can support each other to get through this. Some ideas to connect include: writing emails that share a favourite memory, playing video games with mates, playing online scrabble or other board games, joining or starting a virtual book club, having video catch-ups with workmates, calling friends and reaching out to neighbours to ensure everyone has what they need to get through this.
Try to focus on the things you can control, such as how you act, who you speak to and where you get information from.