Hi! I hope you’re all doing okay in these weird and confusing times. In the UK, we’re all being asked to stay home for non-essential trips. I’m finding this time really tough and I know a lot of others are too, so here are my top tips on staying grounded and less anxious.
Get Moving 🏃♀️
Exercising can help to improve your sleep and mental health and is also useful in helping to keep to a routine. I particularly like Yoga with Adriene and find stretching really helps – especially if you’re sat down all-day, working from home.
Have a Spring Clean 🌼
Whilst we’re all at home, it’s a great time to go through our wardrobes and cupboards and sort through everything. If you’ve always wanted to start your herb garden – it’s the ideal time! Maybe you can start a capsule wardrobe, organise your kitchen or have a deep clean?
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Catch up on your Reading 📚
Go Offline ☎️
I don’t know about you, but my apple screen time report is way up! I’m trying to combat this with frequent digital detoxes, and regularly do the Offline48 challenge which involves going offline on a weekend. I’m a big advocate for this and find it so refreshing and helpful for my mental health. Even if you can’t manage a whole weekend, even just taking 24 hours or limiting your daily screen time to a few hours would help.
I’ve also been limiting my news intake. A few weeks ago, I was obsessively checking the news and wanting to know everything that was going on, but this just wasn’t making me feel better at all. At the moment, I’m staying off the BBC News app and just watching the broadcast in the evening.
However, we should also be reaching out and keeping in touch with our loved ones, so be sure to schedule some time for this; whether it’s a zoom pub quiz or a phone call with your grandparents.
Get Creative 🎨
Learning new things and being creative is something I’ve really been into lately. I’ve been baking and cooking a lot of new recipes, practising embroidery and I got my TEFL qualification. I feel a lot better when I have a routine and something to do, so online courses and new hobbies are really useful to me.
I am really against the idea that everyone has to come out of this situation
I hope that this mini-guide to reducing anxiety in these confusing times was useful – I’d love to hear your tips and advice in the comments. Bye for now!
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