Words define the nature of our reality. Our perception of reality can influence how we feel and how we choose to behave, as well as impact our physical health. Research indicates that negative words can cause symptoms of anxiety and depression including irritability, disrupted sleep and appetite. They can also lead to decreased cognitive functioning, […]
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When we get stressed our body may become tense. It can help to try a simple relaxation technique using our toes to release the tension. We can apply this technique when we feel stressed and we may repeat it as many times as we wish until we feel the tension leaving our body.
Over the next few days, as we all settle into our new routines, it’s possible some of us will feel we aren’t doing a “good enough” job. At times like these it is even more important to stay connected with oneself.
Worries and negative thoughts focusing on the future, overestimating danger and underestimating our personal ability to cope are components of anxiety. Similarly, negative thoughts related to loss and our (exaggerated) negative qualities are a component of depression. Learning how to keep such thoughts at bay will have an immediate effect on our mood and our behaviour.
This brief exercise takes only one minute to complete! It can help us each day to keep our perspective by cultivating gratitude, setting intentions, priming our brain with affirmations and finally, supporting growth through reflection. In the long-term it can help re-calibrate our mind, enhance our self-efficacy and enrich our life.
The following practical techniques can help us stay mentally well when the lock-down feels particularly challenging and will help us stay committed to our common goal of staying mentally well while doing what it takes to get the virus under control.
While we’re self-isolating or practising social distancing, these ways to wellbeing can be adapted to help us look after ourselves.
Now that we all need to stay at home, it is imperative that we redefine our rituals and maintain a structure and a routine in our day by creating a timetable for ourselves.
Our government’s latest measures to tackle the coronavirus emergency requires us to stay at home and avoid unnecessary journeys or social contact… it’s important to prepare for this transition.