18th March 2020
Self-care and adapting to a new routine
Covid-19 is on everyone’s mind at the moment; whether you are a carer, you are self-isolating, working from home or seeing it all over social media, it is hard to stay away from a topic which is affecting all of us in a variety of ways.
The government is now advising us to avoid all but essential social contact. This can make some people feel lonely, their extra-curricular activities may be postponed and more and more workplaces are being shut. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, just slightly different for a while. Keeping in touch with people is so important and this is where social media comes in; although it is important to keep in touch with people, don’t be drawn in to the endless information on coronavirus if you don’t want to hear anymore about it!
Self-care is so important during this turbulent, uncertain time both physically and mentally. Some people will be adapting to a different routine due to working from home, not working at all or having to self-isolate but to make it less daunting, it is important to stay in a routine! This doesn’t have to be regimented but making sure you still cover all of the essentials: not changing your sleeping pattern, taking time out of your day to have breakfast, lunch and dinner but also making sure you take breaks and make time to do something different whether it is exercise, contacting a friend etc. Self-isolation may mean you don’t see people physically and you don’t go outside too much but there are so many other bits you can do from your own home.
Creating a new routine is all about looking after yourself. So many people always like to be in a routine; it is what we are used to and it means that our own daily routine makes sure we get our jobs done!
Here are some self-care tips:
• Talk to people about how you are feeling, whatever your position with covid-19, your feelings are valid and you deserve support.
• Distraction is key! If you have got an activity that you have wanted to do for ages but haven’t had the time, now is the chance to do it!
• Take a break. You may be working from home but taking a break just to be in the present is important to take in things around you.
• Create some alternatives! If you can’t take part in your hobbies for now, create a list of things you are going to do instead. This could include reading a book, baking, craft and exercise.
• This WILL pass. It may seem daunting and scary at the moment but Covid-19 will pass and we will all be able to get back to our normal duties soon. Why not plan something with your friends or family when we all return to our normal routines?!
• Checking up on your friends and family, especially the elderly and vulnerable. Right now, we need to look after each other.
Change, lack of routine and not doing your day-to-day tasks can cause a lot of anxiety for some people and even trigger mental ill-health for some. If you feel that you are worried about yourself or someone else, here are some key contact details:
Samaritans: 116 123 (call) [email protected] (email – response time 24hrs)
Shout (crisis helpline) text: 85258
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger due to their mental health, call 999 or take them to your nearest A&E.