Updated: Mar 30, 2020
It's life but not as we know it. It has become quieter, less hectic, less traffic, fewer shoppers. People working, playing, schooling and exercising at home.
For those with mental health issues further challenges have presented. Constant hand washing and imagining these little monsters are everywhere........
Worry +++ As life becomes more unpredictable, threat has heightened peoples fears. Hundreds of 'what if' scenarios present.
People are restless, agitated and predicting worse case scenarios. Alongside not being able to sleep and experiencing high levels of uncontrollable anxiety.
OCD +++ contamination fears heightened preoccupying thoughts throughout the day causing exhausting checking and cleaning rituals to dominate life.
Washing hands, staying indoors and a lack of meaningful activity all contributors to an increase in obsessional thoughts and needless repetitive actions that are irrational.
We need our friends and families and human contact. Hugs and kisses to feel loved and cared for. The virus monster is getting in the way as people feel lonely and dejected in social isolation. Sitting alone brooding about problems and catastrophising about death and dying.
To support our own mental health and well-being we have to refocus our attention instead on:
every day we are one day nearer to it being over
relax and find your inner peace and calm enjoying simple pleasures - YOU ARE FINE NOW
use media and the internet to develop new skills, see endless opportunities and possibilities
stay in touch over the phone/video calls, catch up with friends and family
have a daily plan of meaningful activity spreading it out over the course of the next week, no rush, take your time because now you can
be active to get those endorphins, the bodies natural antidepressant, released. Get moving!! ANYHOW
All will give you a sense of achievement, help elevate your mood and keep you connected.
YOU CAN DO THIS, IT IS NOT FOREVER AND THINGS WILL GET BETTER FOR YOU SOON!!!
'BE KIND TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS'