Every week, we’re sharing your recommendations for how best to pass the time during this period of social distancing.
Many thanks to everyone who has filled in our survey already; if you haven’t had a chance yet, please do take five minutes to share your ideas. We’ll get through social isolation/distancing by pulling together as a community and this is a very simple way of keeping each other entertained and connected.
This week’s theme has been mental health and how to manage episodes of poor mental health when you’re stuck in isolation.
Lots of you shared tips on how you stay positive and what you need to do to come back from a dark spell.
Here are just a few of our favourites:
Take some advice from someone who’s familiar with this kind of situation:
I have been housebound for 10 years. I understand how hard this all is. This is not the end of your life, it is the beginning of a different part of your life. Get out your favourite music, DVDs, food, non-alcoholic drinks and put them in easy reach. Spring clean the room you spend all your time in and make it smell nice. Make a list of all the things you love to do now, what you loved in the past and things you wish you had time to do. Work through the list, one thing at a time!
If you can, get some vitamin D:
Get some exercise and a bit of sunshine. Even just a 15 minute walk (while we are still allowed to exercise outdoors). There are plenty of mini exercise videos online as well.
Communication has never been more important:
You may not be able to see people but you can still call or send them a message, or even pop something in the letter box during your daily exercise. This will improve their mental health when they receive it, make you feel good that you have reached out and also give you the chance to get things off your mind.
Try a new coping technique:
Learn and use EFT tapping to dissipate anxiety and stress. See YouTube for easy to follow videos.
Keep rooted in your routine:
Around this time of uncertainty and unease, it’s important to look after your mental health. Keeping to a routine, making the most of your day, unwinding and taking a mindful approach can help. Stay away from constant rolling news. Take a mindful approach, watching your thoughts but not being consumed by them.
It’s OK not to be OK but being open about that can help:
Having just gone through a severe mental health crisis, I think that it is important to talk to those around you and ask for health, not bottle it up as I did. it can be very frightening and only by admitting things are bad can they get better. There is a lot of help out there even in these bad times so you just simply have to engage with them and work with them. The road to recovery is not a short one but you can get there in the end!
Just take it one step at a time:
I think it is important to take this day by day, not worry about what the weeks ahead may hold. Accept the uncertainty. Take time to read, garden, bake, live in the moment.
Have a damn good belly laugh!
Laughter is good therapy. Find a reason to giggle every day, whether it’s a funny film, ridiculous jokes online, or a cute animal clip on YouTube.
Remember, we’re giving away a £10 Amazon voucher every week, so get your answers in to be in with a chance of winning! We’ll contact you if you’ve won.