Right now, it seems like everything’s up in the air and things are changing every day so it’s natural to feel a little overwhelmed. Of course, it’s always reassuring to remember that we’re all in this together. But if you are finding it tricky to keep up and stay calm, there are a few simple things you could do to help retain a bit of normality in your day-to-day. From catching up with friends in novel new ways to getting creative with your spare time, here are five things to try…
1. Keep Talking
If you can’t see friends and loved ones as often as you’d like, you can always keep in touch via video or voice call. We’re so lucky to have all sorts of digital tools at our disposal – like Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp and new multi-user platforms like Zoom – which make staying connected with your nearest and dearest easier than ever! Speaking to someone and seeing new faces each day can make all the difference in reminding us we’re all in this together.
2. Stick to a routine
“Experts recommend sticking to your daily routine even when working from home”
New Yorkers and Londoners: pic.twitter.com/tsbMaYxJoq
— The Greek Analyst (@GreekAnalyst) March 16, 2020
Whether you’re working from home, off school or simply social distancing, it’s always a good idea to stick to some sort of routine when you’re staying indoors. Simple things like getting dressed in the morning instead of staying in your pyjamas will keep you feeling fresh and energised. Similarly, making sure you give yourself some time off for lunch or an afternoon tea break will help to keep you focussed during work hours. You could even get creative and host group video chat with your work colleagues over lunch time – it will be just like you never left the office.
3. Reach out to your neighbours
If he ain’t outside your house when you’re in quarantine like this then he ain’t the one sis 🤧 pic.twitter.com/iQGrYgE8Ll
— t ⚡️ (@ta_ak12) March 17, 2020
Everyone’s feeling the effects of the current climate in completely different ways and some groups, like the elderly, are even more vulnerable than others. So, if you can, from a distance safely check in on your older neighbours and do what you can to ease their lives. It will make them, and you, feel great. There are lots of non-contact ways to help, like popping to the shop on their behalf to pick up some essentials or simply giving them a call to have a chat. As they say, a problem shared is a problem halved and you might make a new friend.
4. Mix up your media
Consuming too much of one topic can be exhausting and overwhelming so try to change up what you’re reading and watching. Although it might feel like it’s all doom and gloom, there’s actually a lot of good news out there too and a whole online community that has rallied together to raise everyone’s spirits. Watching some of your favourite sitcoms and light-hearted movies will also help to break things up. Plus, you could always get stuck into those book recommendations you’ve never got around to reading.
5. Take advantage of your spare time
Me and my 3 friends in 6th grade practicing in the bedroom for 10 hours to perform this for our parents pic.twitter.com/CDARMdjm9c
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) March 18, 2020
When life is go go go, we never normally get a chance to practice our favourite hobbies or to experiment with something new. So, now you do have some time on your hands, why not try cooking an ambitious recipe, picking up an old instrument or dusting off that old paint set. Who knows, when things return to normal, you might come out of this as a pro baker or a young Picasso…
This is a difficult time with a whole lot of unique pressures, from financial worries to health anxieties. If things are getting on top of you, call CALM on 0800 58 58 58 or through their webchat. Their trained support workers are available from 5pm to midnight every day to provide practical support and advice, whatever you’re going through