We are being challenged right now with feeling overwhelmed and stressed. With the fears of COVID-19, many of us are experiencing loneliness, financial loss and emotional issues. It can certainly take an emotional toll. It’s important here to acknowledge that for all of us, there is a sense of uncertainty. We may become stuck in dark places. This is even more prevalent for some of us who may be struggling with anxiety on a regular basis. Creating a sense of routine and structure will instil a sense of purpose and meaning in our lives. How could you use this time to make ‘now’ better? How can you turn this time into an opportunity? What’s meaningful in your life right now?
8 tips to manage your well-being and self-care
1.Identifying your priorities
Let go of those things that you don’t have space for in your life right now. Ask yourself how you feel about each of these commitments, what can you keep and what can you let go of ? If you set your own boundaries and limits, you’ll free up your own space and have time for what’s important to you.
2.Developing a routine
Be creative and develop a schedule for work, study, exercise and leisure. This will ensure that all your tasks will be completed during your working day. This will reduce the number of distractions or turmoil and create a structure in your day.
You may have a feeling of yourself spinning out of control. Ground yourself by bringing your attention to the present, to the ‘now’ part of the day and focus on what is happening in the ‘here and now’. Observe what’s around you, using all your senses. It may be going for a walk in nature, making a cup of tea, adding lavender or calendula oil to your diffuser or listening to your favourite song.
Taking some slow breaths will calm you down, stretching and meditating will also help you to unwind. Practice this regularly. Here’s a simple breathing exercise -called Square Breathing. Sit comfortably on a chair and close your eyes if you are comfortable to do so and breathe in 2,3,4, hold 2,3,4, breathe out for 2,3,4, hold 2,3,4, Repeat 3 or 4 times. Box Breathing
Exercise is a mood enhancer through releasing the body’s natural endorphins. If you are working or studying from home, structure your day to include exercise and keep active. This can be in the form of walking, running or cycling.
Keep up good social connections with family and friends. Have catch-ups via phone and social media.
7. Introducing minute challenges
Build in new parts to your routine if you sense monotony. Explore your creative side. Ask yourself how you can add this new layer into your routine.
You can process your feelings and shift the way you think by journaling your thoughts. You’ll experience a sense of empowerment, by externalising your negative thoughts.
Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.