In the midst of a global pandemic it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious about the future. Over the past 9 months, life as we know it has been turned upside down because of the pandemic. National restrictions have prevented us from enjoying the small luxuries in life like visiting family or socialising with friends, which is likely to have a knock-on effect our mental health.
Whether you’re still in school, isolating or even shielding, there are things you can be doing to stay positive and care for your mental health during this time.
Be kind to yourself
These are difficult times for everyone, and you are doing the best you can. Try not to blame yourself for things you have no control over; instead focus on the things you can control.
Find the positives in everyday life
Celebrate the small wins, whether that’s completing a small task or receiving some great feedback from your teacher. Be proud of yourself and what you are achieving, no matter how big or small.
Connect with people
Even at a distance, your family and friends are still there. Connect with them through text messages, phone calls, video chats or even letters. Utilise the communication avenues available to you to talk to people. Remember – a problem shared, is a problem halved.
Keep yourself occupied
Keeping your mind occupied can help distract you from the outside world. Why not take up a hobby, or learn a new skill to help take your mind off things.
We’ve all heard about the positive impacts exercise can have on mental health and it’s true! The hormones released through exercise are scientifically proven to boost your mood. Aim to complete some form of daily exercise and get those happy hormones!
Get outside in nature
Even if it’s just for 30 minutes, try and spend time outside in nature. Being outside can help boost your mood and increase positivity.
Remind yourself that this is only temporary
Although it may not feel like it right now, this situation is only temporary, and one day your life will return to some form of pre-COVID state. And in 100 years, this time will be studied as a part of our history.
You don’t have to do all those things to help your mental health; you can just do one or two whatever suits you!
There are plenty of organisations and charities that are on hand if you think your feelings are becoming too overwhelming. Remember you are not alone, together we will get through this difficult time.
Where can you seek some support?
Your family and friends
Your school teachers