NS: How do we utilise the time and keep in high spirits?
CS: Whatever you can manage today is good enough. Some people feel that the lockdown is giving them the time and chance to learn new skills or try new things. That maybe you and if so enjoy and celebrate that. But if it isn’t you don’t beat yourself up about what you see others do on social media. You can take joy in being deliberately kind – whether by recognising the time you have for your kids or partner, to speaking more to family, to volunteering in your community. If things are hard right now, try and find some small things each day to celebrate. You are getting up and washing your hair, can and maybe just as much an achievement as another person’s Instagram 10k before breakfast. You might want to keep a gratitude journal where every day you write down three things you are grateful for as the day draws to a close.
NS: With the ongoing “unknown” and weeks in self-isolation, how do we avoid going down an anxious rabbit hole?
CS: It’s very hard to avoid moments of panic – don’t judge yourself too harshly if you find yourself in a hole – it will pass and each time you may learn something of how to get out.
At the moment, it’s important to monitor our news intake – it’s very tempting to get sucked into scrolling social media or listening to news report about the pandemic. It’s important to be in touch with the main news and latest guidelines – but if you find the news triggering limit your consumption to only one bulletin a day. If you already have mental health worries – whether you’ve told people or sought help or not you may like to read our tips for living through the pandemic with existing mental health problems.