Top Tips for Mental Wellbeing during COVID-19
I think we can all agree these are uncertain times. One definition of uncertainty is something that we cannot be sure of. Uncertainty can often lead to psychological distress, as we can find it difficult to tolerate uncertainty. Interestingly, psychological wellbeing seems to be less the absence of actual or perceived threat, but our felt sense of of safety. COVID-19 certainly seems to have triggered new and re-triggered old anxieties, which has been amplified by isolation, health problems, home-schooling, work loss or workload increase.
Below are some ways to maintain your mental wellbeing:
Have some e.g. regular get up and bedtimes, work and rest time. Have some achievable goals and activities, not just functional – have some enjoyable ones too.
Embrace the Impromptu
This seems to contradict the above but helps to build psychological flexibility, which helps deal with the current uncertain times; it also helps manage going forward that life is never predicable. If we manage change, we are much better able to manage life going forward.
Regular and balanced diet, exercise and sleep. Keep caffeine to 2-3 cups per day max and not after 2pm and remember to drink water. Keep within Alcohol guidelines.
Balance Social Interaction
Keep in touch with people but remember you don’t have to attend all Zoom party invites. You can still use the phone, or just have time for yourself. You may need to work at finding a quiet space for yourself.
Manage your information Input
Stick to looking at essential and accurate information rather than inaccurate and shocking information from doubtful sources. Also, tune into comforting information e.g. entertainment (including music)
What is the evidence that your fears are true? Try to look for an alternative and less fearful explanation. When we are anxious, we seek out and amplify the negative and then build on that, instead of looking for a more neural or alternative explanation.
Do the best you can and seek support from the school if you need help or have concerns.
For more help managing new or ongoing mental health conditions, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with our psychologist Dr Jill Neilson via our Bookings Team on 01462 427 221.