You might have had to transition to online school or study without
much warning. You might have had less time to talk to friends, or had
to change the way you spend time together. You might have had your
work hours reduced or cut altogether, adding huge financial pressure
on rent or bills. Spending more time at home may have put additional
pressure on already strained family or household relationships, making
it challenging for you to find space to look after your wellbeing.
As a result of COVID-19 challenges you
might find yourself:
struggling to find motivation
finding it hard to keep a routine
not keeping up with the day to day chores
being less interested in things you usually enjoy
sleeping a lot more or less
increasing the use of alcohol and other drugs
struggling to exercise
So what can you do?
Prepare yourself by thinking about how your life has changed and what you want your life to look like. You might find that some things are easier to return to than others. This will be different for everyone, and that’s OK. It can be tricky to know where to begin.
Here are a few ideas to help you get started:
think about the fun things you want to do once restrictions ease
write out a plan to help motivate yourself. Sometimes detail can help motivate you even if you don’t quite feel like it at the time
ask your family and friends to get involved
take it slow. Gradually try new things. You don’t need to do everything straight away
start with something that seems easier, before moving to difficult things
if you’re worried about catching the virus remember to practice hand hygiene and physical distancing
think about what you might need to do if things don’t go well, and write down a few ideas of what might help you get back on track
keep in mind that things may change and restrictions could start again The easing of restrictions might be an exciting, fun, and enjoyable time for some. For others, it might be scary, uncertain or overwhelming. It’s normal to feel anything and everything, so remember to be kind to yourself.
More information can be found in the attached file put together by the brilliant people over at Headspace.