TIPS TO MAINTAIN A POSITIVE MINDSET WHEN IN SELF-ISOLATION
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected mental health on a large scale. Many people felt an increase in stress, anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbances in response to the pandemic. Factors like home Isolation and loneliness, grief and bereavement, adjusting to the new Work from home culture or the loss of employment, financial struggles, severe or lasting illness and emergency medical treatment, affected our mental stability and peace.
Over the course of the coming weeks more and more of us may have to self-isolate as a protective measure to curb the spread of Covid-19. This article aims to provide tips and hints to support the maintenance of a positive mindset and safeguard general wellbeing during this time.
Focus on what you can control.
Being asked to self-isolate or practice social distancing, not being able to see friends or family, working from home whilst also juggling childcare can all impact on our sense of control over our daily lives. In order to cultivate and maintain a positive mindset in the midst of what can feel like chaos it is important to focus on the things that can be controlled. Controlling reaction and response to a situation as they unfold can make all the difference to our sense of wellbeing.
Distance physically, but not socially
Social connectedness is vital for wellbeing and whilst it will certainly be a challenge over the next few months it is not impossibility. Arrange regular telephone/ WhatsApp/ Face time/ Skype catchups with friends and loved ones. Talk but keep the discussions away from Corona Virus as much as possible. We must reduce dwelling on negativity and instead acknowledge the positive things that are happening or have happened.
Accept and overcome anxiety.
A little anxiety can be a good thing, it prepares us for action. Too much anxiety can be debilitating and make our world feel small. Accept feelings of anxiety instead of struggling against them. This reduces the accompanying feelings that we often experience such as anger, shame or guilt about our anxiety. In order to overcome anxiety, it is important to recognise that is only a feelings. It’s about accepting the feeling without letting it define who you are. This one small change can have a big impact on the mindset.
Invest in yourself.
More time at home doesn’t have to mean more time in front of the telly/scrolling social media. Broadening our knowledge and skills in a variety of ways is an excellent way to cultivate and maintain a more positive mindset. The process of learning boosts our self-esteem, self-confidence and our sense of purpose.
Make a daily plan.
A wasted day plays havoc with our positivity. Make a daily plan that includes regular breaks. Get up, move around, engage in a home work-out or a brisk walk around the block. Observe regular break/lunchtimes and make sure to eat a nutritious meal. Finally, try and separate ‘workday’ from ‘home time’ in order to enjoy a positive attitude.
Be kind and be helpful.
Difficult and challenging times very often bring communities together, increase personal resilience and promote personal growth. As much as possible over the coming months we should practice kindness to ourselves and towards others. One of the best ways to maintain a positive mindset in times of difficulty is to help others. Identifying a bigger than self goal for the next few months can connect us to our core values, and this enhances our sense of purpose, positivity and gratitude in times of uncertainty.
Limit news and social media consumption.
Whilst its useful to be informed too many negative news stories and social media updates can have a profound impact on our mindset. We become consumed with negativity leading to feelings of panic and hopelessness. Limit news and social media consumption to 1 hour a day in order to safeguard our wellbeing, and free time to positively invest in oneself.
Tough situations are a part of life. We are all collectively going through an unimaginable, challenging situation. It is hitting some of us harder than others. But do remember that you are not alone, so relax, exercise daily, get enough sleep and do mindful exercises, stay positive and keep reading…