In this challenging time, we need to protect our mental heath, especially because we are being bombarded with messages about the Coronavirus – most of which are conflicting.
‘The government is not doing enough.’
‘The government is doing too much.’
‘Macron is going to lock us down.’
‘Trump said it’s a hoax.’
‘Boris isn’t taking it seriously.’
‘China did it on purpose.’
‘We are going to run out of food.’
‘We aren’t going to run out of food.’
‘I think this…’
‘I think that…’
‘I heard this…’
‘I heard that…’
On top of this, we are being blitzed with speculation, opinions and fear - all of which can and does induce panic and anxiety.
To protect our mental health, we need to do two key things:
I mean, has anyone else noticed that both in the mainstream media and social media, everyone has become an expert on this pandemic and how it should be solved?
No wonder people are scared and panic buying. No one knows who to believe or trust, and because of this, fear has become a pandemic.
We can be a role model by not spreading fear. To hear more of my thoughts on this, you can watch my video here: https://bit.ly/2xD4siD
The second thing we can do is protect our mindset. We can do this in a multitude of ways:
Be mindful of what you allow into your mind
Practice mindfulness to regain a sense of calm
If you are feeling anxious, meditate. If you don’t know how to meditate, here are a few options:
Tune into happiness
Focus on laughter and joy by watching funny TV shows. Don’t watch the killer maim violent shows. That’s not going to help the mindset. Some suggestions of my favourite funny shows are:
Get stuck into a good book. Some of my recommendations are:
I hope this helps. I will provide some further suggestions in next week's blog.
Wishing you much love and good mental health.