With all the change and uncertainty at the moment, taking care of your mental health has never been more important.
There are several benefits associated with positive mental wellbeing, including things like:
– Reduced stress and anxiety
– Improved moods and clearer thinking
– A greater sense of calm and increased self-esteem
– Improved relationships
Mindfulness is a practice that is beneficial no matter what’s going on in the world. If things seem a little stressful at the moment, and you’re finding it hard to focus, it could be the ideal remedy. But what is mindfulness?
Put simply, being mindful is the act of being fully present and aware of where you are and what you’re doing. It’s something that all people can do, although few of us take the time to actually spend doing it. However, it can be a great first step when discovering how to stay healthy during lockdown.
Practicing mindfulness can help to reduce stress and anxiety, improve your memory, and help with concentration. And maintaining a mindful life can benefit your emotional health, relationships and communication skills now and in the future.
A great place to start with mindfulness is with some basic breathing exercises. Take one minute out of your day to sit and focus on your breath. Notice the air going in and out of your nostrils as your chest rises and falls. If your mind wanders, gently bring it back to focus on your breathing.
In these difficult times, it’s important to focus on some of the positives in our lives. One such positive is our access to technology, and how it can be such a powerful tool for bringing us together. With our smartphones, internet access, webcams, and other methods of communication, it’s never been easier to stay in touch.
Although many of us can’t see friends and loved ones face-to-face at the moment, we can still keep in touch. Speaking with the people you care about can give you (and them) a mental boost.
There are plenty of ways you can keep in touch:
– Call your friends and family. Try and arrange to speak with different people throughout the week. It can give you something to look forward to and keep you feeling social.
– Arrange an online activity. There are plenty of apps and services that let multiple people voice and video chat together. Play games, tell stories and catch up remotely. You can even do things like have a murder mystery party or set up a pub quiz.
– Send messages. Try reaching out to some people you’ve not spoken to in a while, even if it’s just a message to say hi.
– Write letters. If you’re feeling old school and you have the means, now might be a good time to write to someone you care about.
Together, we’ll get through this!