How’s lockdown going for you & yours so far?
Taking care of your WellBeing in these uncertain times must be important right? But how do we do this?
Here’s just 5 things to make a priority for your household, together with some ideas and tips to help you put them into practice.
1. Stay connected with people
So so so important! Check in with friends you haven’t had time to due to our busy lives. Have a catch up, a giggle even (it is allowed!) with those you have things in common with too, there is nothing worse than phoning a busy house if yours is uncomfortably quiet (or the other way around!).
Try not to dwell either on the news, changing your thoughts, even for the short conversation, will do wonders to lift your spirits.
2. Talk about your worries
No, I not contradicting myself from the above suggestion!
What I’m suggesting if you are seriously worried and feel you need help then you must seek it. Your GP, a charity helpline either local or national, your therapist may even be offering online or telephone consults or in emergencies present yourself at A&E and they will still help you (our UK NHS is the best in the world 🌈) and keep you safe.
3. Support & help others
Many of us are feeling a little lost, bewildered & without purpose, so how about offering to help others. Whether that be a neighbour fetch the morning milk or by volunteering at a local charity. Obviously, these will depend on your Covid-19 risk status and implementing correct protocols. But, even if your health limits what you can do outside of the house just a phone call to others for a 10 minute natter showing friendship in adversity will not only lift their spirits!
Most of all be understanding of others, some of us are dealing with these days in different ways to you or me. And that’s ok too.
4. Look after your body
Sounds easy right?
I, for one, am tripping up here! I hold my hands up, own worst enemy. But the medics, dieticians etc all tell us (yes I’m taking notes too) that we should be keeping hydrated, eating healthily and taking our regular exercise. Lockdown rules here in the UK say we can leave the house for this exercise (a run or cycle ride!!! My Fibro body is screaming ‘get away!!’) so here’s our excuse to see something other than your 4 walls. Unfortunately, those of you in the shielded group lockdown is a little stronger for you but by eating well, staying hydrated, correctly medicated and at home, you will hopefully remain safe & healthy until restrictions are reduced. This isn’t forever.
5. Feel prepared
What?? I hear you say! Trust me, this point I have a firm grip of & saved till last on purpose.
Yes, think of what you would normally do or normally need to do. What changes have been enforced on your normality? Is there a way you can still carry on but going about things slightly differently? You are due an appointment at the hospital for instance, could you contact them to see if the appointment is now a telephone consult or online perhaps? By phoning you know in advance, they can take up to date contact details and appropriate arrangements can be made, reducing worry & stress! Boom 💥 Who’s in control? You! Boom 💥 (Sorry get over excited)
Hope I’ve given you food for thought here (and an insight into my imperfect but perfectly ok life at the moment). No body is dealing with these times perfectly, and do you know what ……..? That’s ok.