Normally we get excited about the new year; the holidays we’re going to book and what it might bring, but many of us might feel like it’s hard to get excited about 2021, because Covid is still here and it’s very much still hanging over us. After many months of restrictions, grief, anxiety, and stress, pandemic fatigue is setting in.
Here’s how to stay resilient.
Be kind to yourself
During the first lockdown, if you berated yourself for not being productive enough, or for not taking the opportunity to bake/exercise/learn a language…the list goes on, be kinder to yourself this time. If you feel tired, take a break. If you feel anxious, do something that soothes you. Trying to keep pushing on, or trying to avoid or bury your feelings is not good for your mental health and wellbeing.
Accept how you feel
Following on nicely from the last point, if you’re feeling anxious, fearful, depressed, or stressed, acknowledge and accept it. Emotions are guides and whatever you are feeling right now, be honest about it. Just don’t stay there, trapped and at the mercy of your emotions. If you feel anxious, find something that helps calm and ground you. If you feel down, find something that lifts you.
Find out what works for you
At the beginning of the pandemic, many of us were operating in survival mode. But as the situation has developed and lasted a lot longer than we thought it would, it’s not just about surviving now, it’s about living with adversity, and dare we even say it, thriving despite it. Think about what helps you thrive, from day to day and week to week, and do more of that.
Create a brand-new routine and set new goals
If you haven’t already, lockdown could be your perfect excuse to start some regular new activities. Sunday could be self-care day where you give yourself a bit of a pamper, you could have a midweek movie night with the family, or meet your friends online for Friday night drinks or a weekend virtual coffee and cake.
You can also use it as a chance to do those things you’ve been meaning to do but you’ve never got around to. Read that book that’s been gathering dust on your shelf. Start that online course that you paid for but you never started. You can make your life feel brighter and more full in so many ways.
Take care of your wellbeing
During times of high stress, it’s even more important to look after your wellbeing, and this means taking regular exercise, eating well, not having too much alcohol, and getting enough good quality sleep.
Make time to relax
You don’t need to be the productive superhuman right now. Downtime is an important part of a healthy, balanced life, so make time for the things that make you feel relaxed, like reading, having a relaxing bath, or watching your favourite TV show.
Stay connected with people
Many people have realised the importance of connection during this pandemic, and staying connected with the people you care about can help you feel loved and supported. If you feel like you’ve had death by Zoom, why not just pick up the phone, or if they live far away, write them a letter?
Ask for help
If you’re feeling really overwhelmed, talk to someone, whether it’s a friend, family member, or a professional. Feeling that way can be very isolating, but you don’t have to struggle alone, and it’s never wrong to ask for help.
Would you know how to spot the signs that someone was struggling?
Would you know if a friend, family member, or colleague was struggling with their mental health?
Would you know how to start the conversation and support them to get the help they need?
What would you do if you were struggling with your own mental health?
Our online mental health courses can help you understand mental health conditions, start the conversation around mental health, and feel confident in helping someone who is suffering from poor mental health.
Face to face training is not possible at the moment, but we know that there’s going to be such a need for mental health training in the coming months.
Get in touch with us if you have any questions or need any more information about our courses.