So we are in our second lockdown. 😤

This means another couple of weeks indoors, without much connection to our loved ones. It can be especially hard for those that live on their own, or those that are vulnerable. 

A quick note: Stop reading this and think of a friend or family member that might be a bit down at the moment. Drop them a message and say hi. It might just change their day. 

It's funny how amazing technology can be in times like these. They keep us closer to our loved ones than ever before. We can Facetime from miles away and it feels like they are right in the room with us. Although i'm not too sure about all of the 'fun' online quiz's everyone seems to be doing. I am a real advocate for technology when it comes to creating a meaningful, healthy connection between us and I think this pandemic would have been 100 times harder without it. 

Your mental health is something that should always take priority. Especially in these unprecedented times. The uncertainty can cause a lot of anxiety. The financial impact, change in lifestyle and/or loss of self-worth becomes a reality. Everyone has been effected, but it has effected everyone in a unique way. 

Sadly our use of social media doesn't always help with our coronaxitey. Sensationalist media is constantly at the top of our timelines, as it gains our attention the most. This content can feed into our fears and anxieties and make us worse. 

Maintaining a healthy mindset is more important than ever. So here are some handy tips. 

 

  • Focus on what you can control
Try not to worry too much about the things that are completely out of your hands. Focus on yourself and see what you can do to help your own, or other peoples situations. 

  • Unplug and recharge 
Make a time in the day when you don't look at your screen. Go for a run or a walk and make it a rule not to look at your phone. Use this as a mental break.

This also really helps when feeling burned out. If work is getting crazy and you are really feeling it, 10 mins outside will help you calm down and refocus. 

  • Find a hobby that is offline
Painting, running or journalling. These are all great offline hobbies to help get your mind off things, or just do absolutely nothing and relax.

  • Don't become too goal orientated
We all had goals we wanted to hit this year. Well guess what...
They were made in a completely different time before this epidemic madness. So try not to be too hard on yourself if you don't feel like doing it today. 

Hopefully these little pointers can help ease the strain with Lockdown number 2, but if they didn't... Here is a link to some general knowledge to help you the next time your mates insist on a virtual pub quiz. 🙄  Quiz Link > 
 
 

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