If you are like me and are in England or even in another country in the world, you are likely in lockdown right now.
It’s a pretty daunting time for all of us, this is the second time it’s happened this year and sometimes it’s pretty hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel. To be honest it’s exhausting and I think everyone is feeling bored and fed up with this corona situation now. But we have to make the world safe again so that we can continue living our lives without this virus impacting us in such a massive way.
You're not alone
The second time round was always going to be harder than the first. Back in April 2020 when we first went into lockdown we didn’t understand the severity of the situation, the weather was great and we were enjoying spending time with our families, but lockdown 2.0 is the complete opposite. More people have lost their jobs, people are fed up of staying at home, and with the dark, cold winter nights we can’t spend as much time outside. Let’s be honest it also feels like it will last forever. But if there is one thing we should take away from this, it’s that ‘YOU AREN’T ALONE’.
With mental health being such a prevalent subject, it is more important than ever to get people talking. I think that deep down everyone can suffer in some ways, we all have those days when we feel really down or low and can’t pinpoint why, it’s normal, we shouldn’t feel ashamed of it. We can also have days when we are on top of the world and then something so small can happen to change our mood completely.
I also know that it isn’t always easy to talk about how you’re feeling as you don’t want people to judge you or walk away from you. Sometimes talking to the people closest can help and other times talking to a complete stranger. But whatever the case, we need to talk.
This year has been the worst by far for probably everyone in the world. So when you’re next talking to a friend or connecting with someone new online or in person, ask them how they are, how they are coping, be a friend to them, and most importantly be honest with them. You’ll feel better for it!
Here are some things I want you to remember when YOU are struggling with lockdown 2.0 …
- You have done this before, you got through it then and you WILL get through it this time round, it may be harder and seem longer, but you’ve got this!
- Workout or walk whenever you can to keep your mind stimulated and your mental and physical health above board, 30 minutes of exercise or fresh air a day will make a world of difference.
- Keep in touch with your family and friends regularly, you don’t have to be alone, be sure to call/facetime them as often as you can, there will be no better feeling than seeing your loved ones names pop up on your phone.
- Once a day ask someone how they are getting on and how they are feeling, build new connections with people. You’ll be surprised how much showing someone you care, just a tiny bit, can make someone’s day.
- Don’t worry if you have the odd day where you haven’t really achieved much, that’s okay, you don’t have to be super productive all the time in life, try and focus on different goals!
- Take a break from social media, this will do your mental health the world of good! Set aside some time for yourself, read a book, watch a series, do something you don’t usually get time to do.
- Finally and most importantly, as hard as it seems now, it will pass and we will be back to “normal” soon, don’t forget that.
If you ever feel down or just need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to drop me a message, I’m always here.