Anxiety during Coronavirus
We’re now in a firebreak lockdown in Wales. Some people are describing a feeling of ‘lockdown fatigue’ while others are feeling anxious due to the new restrictions. Be sure to look after yourself during this unsettling time, ask for help when you need it and check in with your family and friends when you can.
A new phase of lockdown
Being kind to ourselves is key during times of unrest. Here are some activities that can bring moments of calm into your day and help you to feel grounded during the firebreak lockdown.
Don’t spend too much time on the news
It can be helpful to choose one reliable source of news in place of scrolling through numerous outlets for long periods of time. Many of us will want to keep up to date on how the situation is unfolding but be mindful of what information is useful to you.
Connect with loved ones
Through calls, text, FaceTime, WhatsApp, voice notes – whatever works for you. Some of our staff are using WhatsApp groups and focusing on uplifting content such as favourite films, books and sending each other fun challenges.
Try scheduling activities into your daily routine that help you to manage stress and feel well. This could be a short meditation, a phone call with a loved one, a brisk walk in a local park, create a gratitude practice, EFT (also known as tapping) or even watching puppy videos on YouTube.
Create a routine
A routine can be really important for maintaining emotional and mental wellbeing. Think about a routine that works for you and your family and be sure to break the day up with self-care practices, meals away from screens and making sure you’re keeping in touch with anyone who may be vulnerable or lonely at this time.
Why not try meditation or other mindful practices to promote your wellbeing. Go to these pages for apps and the best places to learn.
Speak to a professional
Our counselling and wellbeing centre, Breathe is offering up to 8 free counselling sessions to anyone affected by the pandemic. Find out more here.