Alison Ralph

Protecting you health during lockdown

ALISON RALPH

Muddling our way through these difficult times is a challenge for everybody whether they have mental health issues or not.

I cannot count on my fingers the number of people I have spoken to lately who have heightened levels of stress and anxiety due to the restrictions of lock down, even as they begin to ease.

There are some ways that we can help ourselves to manage the feelings that have been created from these unusual times.

Restrict social media and the news.
It can be guaranteed at present that whenever you turn the news on or look on your social media page it will be full of debate, possibly a large amount of negativity and when we feel that there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, our hopes are shattered.

Limiting the amount of time you spend on social media and watching the news will allow you to filter the bits that you need to know, meaning that it doesn’t sabotage your goal of staying positive.

Keep to a routine
Before all this began you were more than likely getting up at the same time each day, eating breakfast, getting the children and yourself ready for the day, taking children to school or making sure you arrived at the gym/ work on time and so on. Routine motivates us and keeps us focussed.
Your new routine could include exercise and spending times outdoors or reading a book.

Be kind to yourself
Remember, we are living through a world pandemic. You are likely to feel anxious or stressed, this is our bodies natural reaction to help us survive. So run yourself a bath, tell yourself that its okay to have a low day, buy yourself gifts and nurture yourself during this time. You’ll thank yourself in the future!

Exercise
Whether it is a walk outdoors, a long cycle or a fitness video indoors, take some time out to exercise. Exercise releases the feel-good hormones in our body, meaning that we will be more motivated and more able to stay positive!

Set yourself achievable goals
Spend any spare time during lockdown redecorating your house, learning a new skill, maybe even changing careers but make sure the goal is achievable! Set yourself a week by week timetable and include the goal in this timetable to ensure that you can complete it over a couple of weeks. When you have achieved a goal, it will make you feel great and positivity a little easier!