Working within a small community I wanted to take the opportunity to give some guidance to everyone through the coming weeks and months where we are facing so much uncertainty.
At times like this we can all be inclined to make bad choices such as stress eating ( why not have that extra cake today!), over indulging in alcohol (kids are off and no work tomorrow, another Prosecco?), and stopping to exercise (what’s the point holidays are cancelled and I can’t make my usual class as the kids are off school). So it is not just this awful disease we need to worry about, its out lifestyle and general health also.
My main concern for my existing clients, and community is the effect on our mental health. For everyone from the self-employed to lawyers and bankers alike there is uncertainty over jobs. We then have the concern over our parents, their parents, and anyone we know with underlying health issues. For me personally as a control freak the fact I cannot make a plan and there will be uncontrollable changes to everyday like fills me with anxiety. As such I endeavour to not lie down to it and help people to keep going about their lives as best they can.
- Take walks in the fresh air as often as you can, and deep breaths as you go. This in itself can have a positive impact on your mood.
- As a trainer I cannot say it enough but keeping moving is essential for your mental health. Exercise does and will release happy hormones for you to help you through the rough days.
- In our village we have created a Facebook group to help each other, and have flyer dropped houses with contact details so anyone self isolating and alone can contact a local person for help with mail, shopping, or just conversation on the phone. It will give you a sense of positivity knowing that you are doing your best to help others.
- Relaxation is crucial. Why no try yoga? There are loads of videos on Youtube which take you through some calming sequences step by step.
- Think of fun activities to engage with your family. How often do we have time for board games, cards, arts and crafts, baking? Or just listen to music and watch a movie? Life can be so manic when we are working and schooling. Use the time to create a positive and maybe even stronger bond with your unit.
It is up to us to keep this country moving, so lets start by taking care of ourselves. Keep fit, keep active, keep healthy, keep sane!