Information about COVID-19 in the media can become overwhelming, but there are some things to keep in mind if you’re feeling anxious. Here are some top tips that may help you in this uncertain time.
- Stay informed but set limits. Staying hooked to the news or social media all day has the potential to accelerate the nervous system, which activates the fight, flight, freeze response. To manage this pick some key time to get updates, rather than being connected all day.
- Use 5 senses grounding. When our minds worry about the future, we disconnect and may miss what is happening right in front of us. If you notice this, take a few minutes to return back to the present moment. You can do this by focusing on what you see around you, noticing things like sounds or scents to bring you back to the moment.
- Practice self-care. It’s more important than ever to engage in activities that nourish your mind, body and spirit. This includes things like: setting boundaries, getting back to basics (sleeping well, exercising, eating nourishing foods), doing things that bring you joy and connecting with others.
‘Choose 5 a day’ Challenge for great mental health:
Finally, here’s a printable resource that could be helpful in this uncertain time. Just like eating fruit and veges is great for physical health, so are Mental Health ‘fruit and vege’ habits.