We all wanted 2021 to be a fresh start to put this Coronavirus madness behind us all. However unfortunately as of tonight, Tuesday 5th January 2021, we will be going into another national lockdown.
It’s important that you do whatever YOU feel is best for you to cope through this lockdown. Your mental health is top priority, these are some tips that have worked for many people we speak to so we wanted to share with you.
Firstly, be kind to yourself.
Self-care is so important and can be achieved through running a bubble bath, doing some exercise to release those endorphins or maybe eating a jar of nutella or peanut butter is the best kind of self-care that makes you feel warm inside.
Hey, we’re locked up no one will know you bought the jar on Monday and it was gone by Tuesday.
Kindness and self-love aren’t a one size fits all, it can be anything that makes YOU feel good - so you do you babes!
Secondly, be kind to others.
This actually ties in with being kind to yourself as it’s been scientifically proven that giving to others makes us happier.
Acts of kindness like sending a positivity package such as a SHOWUP care package for a friend or a SHOWUP posi-card with a heart warming personalised message, can really turn someone’s day into a more positive one and make yours better too.
Consume positive content
With the news being so negative and social media continually affecting mental health negatively, it’s important to follow feel-good accounts.
Laughter is the best medicine so find funny accounts that will lift your spirits. Similarly accounts with positive quotes, motivational quotes and tips on how to stay positive will really help.
Inspiring instagram accounts could also give you some lockdown ideas like crafting. But don’t put loads of pressure on yourself to hit certain goals. We all have enough to worry about at the moment, added pressure won’t help your busy mind.
Journaling to record your thoughts, both good and bad can really help you express yourself and get those problems off your chest.
Committing that time also encourages some structure to your day and spending time to think about some of the good things that have happened in that day will be lovely to read at the end.
Also write down what you’re grateful for - it can be something simple like your comfy bed that keeps you warm at night or that you have a laptop that allows you to watch your favourite programme to wind down.
Journaling for gratitude is great for the mind.
So there you have it, those are the top 3 tips from us, but basically do whatever YOU need to do to cope and stay positive and remember it’s also ok to not feel positive all of the time.
Lots of love,
If you’re struggling with your mental health please reach out for help. Here are some organisations that can help:
Text SHOUT to 85258 available 24/7
Call Mind on 0300 123 3393 9am - 6pm
Call Samaritans on 116 123 24/7