I write this blog at a time when our world has a coronavirus pandemic. It is something I have never seen in my lifetime; we have a lockdown. Our shops are closed we cannot go out unless it is for essential items. We are separated from our loved ones, some of us cannot go to work, others have money worries. this has a knock-on effect on everybody, even people without mental health issues. Thousands of people have lost their lives.
It is difficult to be stuck at home it makes you feel depressed. I was asked to write this blog before the lockdown so I have done some research on natural ways to cope with stress this would be useful even if this pandemic was not going on.
- Diet, this is an important one to eat regularly this will keep your blood sugar stable which can help your mood and energy levels. Drink at least 6 glasses of water a day and eat plenty of fruit and veg and beans and pulses live yogurt and probiotics.
- Exercise at home or a gym, dance to music or exercise seated.
- Exercise releases endorphins into the brain which improves mood.
- Keep your brain occupied read books and listen to podcasts.
- Clean the house declutter to get rid of stuff that you do not need.
- Have a digital cleanout, update software, and delete files.
- Does meditation give yourself time to switch off?
- Try aromatherapy oils, give yourself relief.
- Avoid exercise 3 hours before going to bed and avoid large meals.
- Another good thing is time management prioritizing your schedule and responsibilities. Use time wisely and make sure you allow time for relaxation.
- Walk your dog or play with your pets, this is proven to help with things like depression and anxiety and even dementia.
- Write a blog or write down your thoughts, I find writing helps me.
- Avoid procrastination, do stuff don’t let things build up.
- Connect with people and friends on social media.
- Avoid difficult people.
And particularly currently keep safe and well.
Claudette is a passionate campaigner and activist for mental health stigma and domestic abuse. She believes that everyone should be treated equally regardless of their disability or gender. She has diagnoses of Bipolar Disorder, endometriosis, Chronic Fatigue, and Fibromyalgia. Claudette has a certificate in Management studies. Her interests include beauty, makeup, animal politics, current affairs, and social networking.