Pandemic got you feeling … off??
These are interesting times that we are living in currently. Things are changing rapidly and our routines are entirely thrown off. We are focusing on community wellness…at least for physical health. Let’s take a moment to talk about our mental health.
If you have children at home, it is best to stick as close to routines as possible. Wake up/bed times, showers/baths, routine eating times, structured learning times, exercise times and free times…keep them all. Time to socialize with friends (I mean virtually) and time to socialize with family can also be worked into the day. Routine isn’t only important for young people, it is important for adults as well. You will also feel better if you stick as close to routines as possible.
Take some time to talk about how everyone is feeling during this time. Ask if people are feeling nervous, isolated, down, frustrated, overwhelmed, [fill in the blank emotion]. It can be hard for all of us to label our emotions and sometimes suggestions help. Normalize those feelings. It is ok to feel different because things really are different. Also, share what you are feeling because it helps others feel validated.
If you are feeling isolated, find creative ways to connect with friends and positive people in your life. Texts, phone calls, messenger, snap chat, whatever.
Take some time for mindfulness. It is a great time to center ourselves. If you go to PositivePsychology.com, they have lots of useful mindfulness activities.
Use activities like yoga, drinking caffeine-free tea, or meditation to help you unwind in the evening to go to sleep. Getting adequate sleep is really important to reduce stress. Try to eat nutritionally, drink plenty of water, and get exercise. These things are always good for your physical AND mental health.
Check in on your friends and relatives that are prone to anxiety and let them know the next time you plan to check in. People are comforted by plans.
Lastly, be patient with our friends and neighbors. We are in this together and will get through it together.