So, if you’re missing your best gal pals or are feeling agitated and overwhelmed from trying to do the simplest task (hello 4-hour queue to get a grocery home delivery slot!), it’s time to put in place some simple habits that will help to boost your mood. Here’s some of our top tips:
Form New RoutinesMost humans crave regular routines, so try to implement some structure into your day even if you’re furloughed and don’t have a working day to get through. Get up before 9am, get dressed, make your usual morning coffee or herbal tea and go for your daily walk or run for some fresh air. Start some new rituals and create new to-do lists full of things that make you feel good. It’s satisfying to tick something off, even if it’s making the bed and getting in the shower!
Connect with OthersJust because your distancing, doesn’t mean you have to be distant from everyone you love! Fill your diary with your usual social plans, just make them all virtual. Face-time friends instead of your usual coffee catch ups, keep that weekly date for a wine with your favourite girlfriends and turn work meetings into Zoom calls. Talking helps, so if you’re feeling particularly low, don’t hesitate to reach out to a friend, family member or even a professional. Remember, we’re all in this together!
Switch Off Your BrainFinding a way to give your restless mind a break is key for maintaining your mental health, especially at this time. If you struggle to quieten your thoughts, try something active, like drawing or getting lost in a good book. If you’re feeling totally overwhelmed, we find journaling can be a helpful tool for getting all your feelings out on paper. It can help make sense of the situation and will feel like a weight off your shoulders!
Do Something for Someone ElseIf you’re struggling to feel productive or useful, volunteer your services whilst you’re feeling healthy and fit enough to do so. Offer to pick up groceries for older, vulnerable neighbours or volunteer locally where it’s safe to do so. Even just calling an older relative will brighten their day and will make you feel like you’ve done something positive with your time!
Get Some Fresh Air
Feeling that cabin fever? Being cooped up at home can leave us agitated, anxious and grumpy. So, get outside as much as you can. If you’ve already used up your daily walk quota and don’t have access to a garden, crack open a window instead. It might seem stupidly simple, but the fresh air and sunshine streaming in the window is a total mood booster!