When we first learned about COVID-19, there was so much uncertainty around how it would affect our lives – not just physically in terms of the virus itself, but also mentally, emotionally and socially.
- Your work life may have been affected – either due to losing your job, working from home or finding new ways to work altogether.
- Social gatherings became smaller and more distanced, events were cancelled, seeing friends and family became harder – or in some cases impossible.
- We couldn’t even take a holiday to get away and relax.
All this major change to the way we were used to living has taken a toll on our health and wellbeing.
Now, around a year-and-a-half later, while we may have gotten used to our ‘new normal’, it’s still a time of global uncertainty, so it’s important to make sure we take the time to look after ourselves.
Here are some coping mechanisms you can try to help give you back a sense of control, on a physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing during COVID-19.
Strengthen your immunity
As well as following the national and state-level COVID safe guidelines, it’s important to look after your physical health by strengthening your immune system.
- Drink plenty of water to flush out any toxins.
- Make sure you’re getting enough nutrients through your food. If not, talk to your doctor about taking some supplements.
- Try to do some form of exercise or movement most days – anything from a gym session to a brisk walk, to parking a little further away from your destination and walking. Every little bit counts.
- Get to bed before 10pm each night for some much-needed rest and recovery from the busyness of the mind.
Sharpen your perspective
Losing a sense of freedom due to certain restrictions is a really hard pill to swallow. And while the situation is undeniably frustrating, it’s helpful to maintain some perspective.
Focus on the positive parts of the situation and be grateful for the things that are going RIGHT.
Think about what those things might be for you:
- Your family is healthy.
- You still have your job.
- You can now slow down and have some down time.
- What other positives can you see?
Carve out some time to yourself
While it might seem like we have more time to ourselves, mentally, our minds are still racing. We are still unsure, stressed and trying to juggle our busy lives. So, it’s important to take a sacred ‘pause’ whenever we can.
That pause might look different depending on your circumstances. Some ideas are:
- Take a whole day to yourself to literally do nothing! Lay on the couch and watch Netflix!
- Start a meditation practice, where you can learn to quieten the mind and soothe your nervous system. Start with as little as 2–3 minutes.
- Book a treatment at a day spa.
- Book a few days away at a health retreat.
Our social lives have such a big impact on our wellbeing. Seeing our loved ones keeps us grounded, and gives us a sense of belonging that lightens our mood. It’s also a chance to share our thoughts, feelings and challenges with people we trust and who have our best interests at heart.
While still staying within the guidelines for your state or territory, try getting together regularly with your close friends and family.
- Take turns hosting each other at home.
- Go out for a meal at the local pub.
- Take the kids for a picnic or bike ride.
Do your best to look after yourself during this stressful time, and always remember that this too shall pass, and better days are coming.