Looking after your Mental Health

With the outbreak of COVID-19, we all should be isolating at home and only leaving the house if absolutely essential. During this time it’s extremely important to look after our mental health. Here are some things you can do!

 

Get Dressed

As tempting as it can be to stay in pyjamas all day, get up and put some comfy lounge clothes on. Not only will this help you feel more productive, but it’ll add some normality into your day-to-day life.

 

Self-Care

It’s easy to neglect yourself when you’re stuck in, remember to look after yourself. Take a shower, eat your 3 meals a day, stay hydrated, wash your face, do a workout and stick to a sleep schedule. If you feel like you’re slacking in doing any of these things, write a list of them daily and tick them off as you go.

 

Exercise

Exercise is proven to have a positive impact on your mental health. Since we can only leave the house once a day to carry out one form of exercise, try and think what time of day this will benefit you the most. For me, it’s in the evening as a long dog walk allows me time to unwind.

Exercise doesn’t just have to be outside of the house though, you can do it at home too. There are plenty of home workouts you can find on YouTube!

 

Be Creative

Those of us that are working from home currently have so much free time, so now is the time to try out something new! It can take your mind off of the situation going on around us and give you something to fill your days with.

Try printing out some photos and doing some scrapbooking, baking, cooking your favourite dish, painting or drawing or even trying out a new online class.

 

Disconnect

Social media can be overwhelming, from fake news to an abundance of posts regarding the situation. It can cause anxiety to heighten, and unnecessary worry.  Take some time to disconnect from social media, take a step back for a few days and focus on doing something you enjoy, even if it is just binge watching Netflix.

 

Tidy

It can be easy to put off tidying and cleaning, and a cluttered environment can lead to us feeling unproductive. Take some time to give your room a tidy, clean the surfaces, put some laundry on, let some fresh air in and declutter.

 

Contact

Stay in touch with your friends and family. Text on a regular basis, set up times where you’ll FaceTime and have a good catch up. It’s important to talk about how you’re feeling with people.

 

I hope everyone is looking after themselves and staying safe during this time. If you need to talk, you can always reach out to me on Instagram too! ❤

 

Here are a few ideas of some things you can do to fill your days:

  • Read a book
  • Write a story
  • Keep a journal of how you’re feeling and what you’ve been up to
  • Scrapbook
  • Declutter your wardrobe and drawers
  • Organise your room
  • Download games like The Sims or even play Club Penguin (for old times sake)
  • Wash your makeup brushes
  • Declutter the files on your laptop
  • Reply to those emails you’ve been putting off
  • Do some online shopping/browsing
  • Pet your animal
  • Do a home workout
  • Yoga
  • Do some painting, colouring or drawing
  • Clean your laptop
  • Take an online class (SkillShare has many, and you can get 2 months free by clicking here)
  • Binge watch Netflix
  • Binge watch Disney+
  • Download TikTok (be warned it is addicting)
  • Play around with your makeup
  • Pamper day.  Run a nice bath, nose pore strip, face mask, hair wash!
  • Organise your school work
  • File all your papers
  • Bake something yummy
  • Cook your family a meal
  • Learn a new language
  • Revise????
  • Do those jobs you’ve been putting off
  • Listen to Podcasts
  • Start that YouTube channel
  • Start that Blog!
  • Watch a film
  • Take a virtual tour through the museum
  • Watch live streams of cute animals
  • Plan what you want to do when this is over
  • Work on your coursework
  • Organise your stationery
  • Catch up on those lectures you’ve missed
  • FaceTime friends

 

 

 

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