Surveys report that nearly 70% of adults in the UK feel somewhat or very worried about the effects of COVID-19. The most common issues focus on well-being, stress, boredom and worries about the future. These are driven by social isolation, job security and housing insecurity.
It's normal to feel down from time to time, however there are a number of things you can do if you think you're falling into a rut.
Keep your routine
If you don't have a schedule of things to do, your mind will lose focus and wander. Plan your day and develop a routine. This will help you to stay positive and motivated. You will go through each day knowing you have things to do. When you have completed all of your tasks, you'll be able to relax knowing that you had a productive and positive work day.
Limit your news consumption
During uncertain times you will want to consume as much news as you can. However, nervously checking your newsfeed every hour isn't healthy. In fact if you continually hear bad news, this will affect your judgement and also your mood. You don't have to avoid the news altogether, but limit your news consumption to just once or twice a day.
Doctors love to say exercise is the best medicine. Not only is it good for your physical health but it is great for your mental health too! Exercise actually releases endorphins into your brain, which trigger a positive feeling in your body. This helps with a number of things including depression, anxiety and stress. So make sure you incorporate some exercise into your routine!
There's lots of evidence to suggest that healthy food will benefit your brain as well as your body. Unhealthy diets actually increase the risk of mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. Like a car, your body and brain won't function properly without the right fuel. So make sure you give your brain everything it needs with the right foods.
Learn a new hobby
Staying indoors all day everyday means that you won't be able to do many of the things you used to enjoy. You probably have a lot more time now, so take up a hobby if you find yourself with nothing to do. Something simple such as drawing, painting or cooking can make all the difference to your mental health.
Whatever you decide to do, stay calm, take regular breaks and stay positive. If you need help with your website, we're just one call or email away!