The world has changed in the last few months beyond our recognition, due to the global pandemic of Coronovirus (Covid-19). The news and social media are dominated by the latest updates of the spread of Covid-19 and the rapid growth of cases and deaths. For those who struggle with their mental health, these uncertain times can exasperate already fragile states further.

Like most people I have found myself glued to the news both on television, online on my phone and laptop. My news feeds are filled with little else, both factual and false news. This is not necessarily helpful and can be detrimental to our mental wellbeing so try to only read from trusted sources. 

Whilst it is important to keep up to date with current developments, its crucial that we are able to step back and switch off. Its important to remember that we cannot control what is going on around us but we can control how we respond. This means acknowledging when we are feeling scared, angry, frustrated and upset but then letting these feelings go and focus on what you can control in order to minimise anxiety.

So I have decided to set myself some parameters for the weeks and months to come in order to look after my wellbeing.

Limit social media, so as not to add to our anxiety. 

Eat and sleep well, a healthy diet and rest is vital for our wellbeing, especially in times of stress.

Only watch the news once a day, keep up to date but don’t overwhelm yourself. 

Connect with friends and family, online or by phone. Feeling connected is good for us.

Keep busy at home, do all those jobs you have been putting off or never got round to.

Learn something new, there are lots of online courses available, some are now free for people during the outbreak.

Exercise (once a day), if you are unable to leave the house or self isolating then there are some great online exercise classes such as Zumba and yoga. 

Boost immune system, helps fight off illness includes yoga, meditation, laugh, gardening if you can.

FREE Mindfulness MP3

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed then below is a free 15min mindfulness practice mp3 to listen to. Just find yourself a quiet place and get into comfortable position on a chair and press play…

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