We are all feeling the effects of today’s current climate. Not only are we overwhelmed with concerns about our health, COVID-19 is having a massive impact on our mental health. We are facing a very new reality where we are having to isolate, avoid crowds and protect our health and safety which is fuelling people’s feelings anxiety and depression. We continue to find ourselves in a state of heightened stress, worrying about the future and with all this uncertainty it’s hard not to get caught up in the fear.
During these unprecedented times, it’s completely normal to experience stress and anxiety. When faced with uncertainty our minds tend to wander with worry and it’s important to find ways to reduce stress levels and stay active. Here are 5 strategies to help you cope:
Separate Helpful Anxiety from Unhelpful Anxiety
I keep having to remind myself “what can I actually do about this right now?”. We find a lot of time with anxiety we focus on situations/problems that are out of our control. When we become fixated on the uncontrollable, we end up causing more harm. Rather we need to focus on the controllable problems in front of us, and be accepting of the uncertainty of tomorrow.
Maintain Structure and Routine
Whether we’re working from home, temporarily laid off or in self-isolation, we’re all out of our normal routine- sleeping more, snacking throughout the day or losing track of the day. According to Headspace, routine and structure helps to alleviate anxiety and stress so it’s important that we try to facilitate and maintain a routine. Consider waking up at the same time each day, shower and set a schedule for your work tasks, chores, etc. Try to maintain a routine that gives you some consistency which can help us feel safe and more secure.
Limit News Intake
Information is power but too much information can be crippling. Try to limit your news intake and remember most times the news is focused on the worst-case scenarios which feeds our feelings of fear and uncertainty. When listening or reading the news, make sure you’re not misinformed- there is so much information online, especially social media so ensure you are getting your information from creditable sources. Finally try balancing news with feel-good and optimistic stories.
Get Creative with Self-Care
Right now we’re not able to do the things that make us feel better like going to the gym, out for dinner, etc. We need to learn creative ways to care for ourselves, such as taking advantage of online gym classes, crafts, online courses, etc. Don’t let being stuck at home stop you from taking care of yourself.
Maintain Social Connection (Virtually!)
Not only can we not spend time with friends and family, we are also keeping distance from people around us. We may start to feel lonely and isolated, but there are ways to connect with people using technology. Consider using FaceTime, Zoom or Skype to chat with friends and family- “meet” them for a coffee or lunch. Last night my friend and I made dinner together which turned out to be a lot of fun. Also consider connecting to people who may be socially isolated due to health reasons.
At Bronte Wellness Boutique, we are offering telemedicine or video counselling services to ensure that you have access to any essential care services you need during the COVID pandemic.
You do not need to suffer alone in isolation if you feel you need care. Should you need to consult with our counsellor or Naturopathic Doctors, you can book an appointment. Our reception team is available to help you coordinate the care you need virtually.
Our physical office may be closed but we are still here to provide you with the highest standard of care. Although we are limited to essential virtual care, we look forward to seeing you back at the office soon.
Stay home & healthy!