We all know what we should be doing to protect ourselves against the Corona Virus in the physical sense. And if you don’t where have you been?
Stay 2 metres a part at all times, wash your hands, don’t touch your face etc.
We know to cover our mouths when we sneeze (did we not all do that before?)
But what about our mental health?
I must admit I didn’t know what to expect when I started to see the word ‘Pandemic’ thrown around but what I did know was it started to trigger feelings of anxiety within me.
I’ve never been one to sit down and watch the news, but I found myself hooked, watching every news programme, reading every article full of despair and headlines such as ‘Save the NHS’ are still everywhere.
Stories of people dying and countries in lockdown. It all feels like a nightmare I’m unable to wake up from.
Over the last two weeks I’ve become fearful, and not just about myself but about others too.
Fearful for my life as I know it changing into something I have no control over.
But I have realized that taking all of that on, piling what feels like the weight of the world on my shoulders is doing me no good at all.
Instead, what should we be doing to take care of our own mental health?
I’m avoiding panic culture.
I’m not stockpiling, I’m changing the channel off the news when I feel anxious and watching something lighthearted, something that gives me the feelgood factor.
I’m fighting the loneliness
Going from working in an office full of people to working completely in isolation has been difficult to say the least. However, what I am doing is making an effort to check in with my colleagues, maybe even more so than if they were across the desk. That human connection is needed now more so than ever.
I’m structuring my working day as if I were in the office. And I’m getting fresh air on my lunch break. I’m doing this to avoid the dreaded cabin fever and to remind myself that there will be normality in the not too distant future.