At times of stress, most of us have found good ways of coping such as meeting up with friends to talk through our worries, talking things through with our partner or family. We may socialise with friends over a good meal, join others doing some exercise or meeting groups that have similar hobbies or interests. Some of our ways could be solo such as reading a good book, unwinding after a busy day in a warm bath or watching a good film on TV.
Now that we are experiencing a lack of social contact with our family and friends, some people are finding it particularly stressful. Apart from the worries for our own health and that of our family and friends, we have a continual input of distressing information through news reports and social media.
Our usual routines of school and work may have been disrupted and for some, we are busier than ever without any end to the increasingly busy period or find we are at home with time on our hands and no idea how to fill our days.
Limiting news time
We can limit our exposure to the amount of time that we watch news reports. Limiting to once a day can help us to stop continually ruminating on that and give us some mind space for other things.
Whilst we may have lost our normal routine, it can be important to try to establish some new ones. Try getting up at a regular time, having lunch at the same time every day and plan to achieve one thing each day.
After what has seemed like months of rain, spring is trying to start and we have times of sunshine. If you can get outside for a solo walk, bending and stretching in the garden or doing an on line exercise class. All of these can help boost your well-being.
Keeping in contact with friends and family is important and whilst we can’t visit them we can be inventive in the ways we can touch base. Luckily, we live in a society today that most of us have phones available to use or a computer. Video calls can be important to see each other’s faces during this time. Writing emails or writing real letters to post to friends and family can all be useful ideas.
Unfortunately, there are always people out to take advantage of people struggling so be vigilant. If you receive some post or emails that you aren’t expecting asking for any personal details or offering you something you haven’t applied for or requested, then chances are it is a scam. If it is really for you and it is genuine, they will understand if you don’t give out your information when they first ask.