• Joanne Greaves

How to survive lockdown number 3

Updated: Jan 15, 2021

As we now find ourselves in another tighter lockdown when the Corona cases are at an all-time high and the hospitals are overwhelmed it can be difficult to know how you're going to get through it.

  • limiting the time, you spend watching the news and searching about the virus on social media can be really helpful to you're mental health. If you are searching and watching the news continuously it will increase your overall anxiety and keep your stress levels high. Watching something funny like, your favourite comedian or show on TV or social media can give your mood a lift and take your mind off the situation. Listening to music, an audio book or a pod cast can help you to switch off from stress.

  • Getting outside in the fresh air and nature as much as possible can help to lift your mood and lower feelings of anxiety, overwhelm and depression. Moving your body and being outside releases endorphins in your brain and makes you feel better in yourself and switches negative thoughts off.

  • Setting aside time to do something you enjoy such as reading, yoga, baking or doing something creative such as an art project can be really beneficial to your mental health and wellbeing. Taking time out for yourself to do something you enjoy can give you a lift which will help you to feel better each day.

  • Learning to meditate or being mindful can have a positive effect on how you handle the day-to-day worries associated with the pandemic. You can do this by listening to guided mediation or relaxation video recording online or installing a meditation app. It's important to practice this everyday, even if it just for 10 minutes as the practice works to get you in the habit of slowing down your thoughts and reactions to stress.

  • Connecting with people either by phone on-line or for a safe outdoor walk - in line with the current guidelines is essential at combatting loneliness and anxieties. Talking to someone about how you're feeling or talking to a professional counsellor can help you to feel better in your daily life

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