During this time of uncertainty, we may need additional support in the way of anxiety and stress reduction – and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. We’re all in the boat, taking each day as it comes.
In an effort to help reduce any anxiety or stress you may be experiencing during this time, we reached out to Claire Aristides Clinical Hypnotherapist and founder of Mindology App, to learn a few hacks for keeping our mental health in check. Have a read below:
Creating a new normality for yourself is very important. Often when we experience lots of changes and uncertainty it can really tip us over the edge. And that’s exactly what we are going through right now. So we need to create a new routine for ourselves, to feel like there is normality.
So if you previously went to the gym on the way to work. Still to do that. It’s just the gym might be in the kitchen or backyard right now. If you met friends for drinks after work – think creatively have that drink but it’s just in separate houses and via facetime or whatsapp.
Work out what you do have control of in your life… and focus on those things. That will give you a sense of control in all this chaos. Take a moment right now to list 5 things you still have control over and make a plan for your new daily schedule.
For many of us exercise is a crucial de-stressor, so build that into your day at home. Create your home workout routine, there are so many apps which help you create bespoke online routines perfect for you. Many gyms are offering their classes virtually, as well. You could buddy up with a friend and do your workouts together via facetime. Go on, get your activewear on, keep working out (with or without a buddy) and do it virtually.
Bring in daily breathing exercises into your routine, the first thing for the day is great routine as it will help you set your mindset for the day. The breath is an incredible source of energy to calm and nourish our entire body. The simple act of focussing on our breath is not only meditative it is restorative. Deep breathing is powerful, it ignites our body and mind at a fundamental level. It stimulates the vagus nerve which is one of the longest and most important nerves in the body connecting your brain to your gut, stimulating it affects your mood, stress levels, digestion, heart rate and immune response. Activating the vagus nerve works wonders.
Deep breathing can literally tell our mind and body to calm down…. And that no there isn’t a tiger about to eat you.
The Mindology app has a session called BREATHE in the meditation section, it a 4-minute breathing session so easy to fit into your day, and will help calm and focus your mind.
A daily affirmation is a great way to create a more positive mindset. Great to do first thing also as you wake each morning, as you are waking up – your mind is still sleepy so very receptive to positive statements. Make a statement to yourself like “I am calm… I find calmness throughout my day, whatever the day may bring I find joy and positivity today. I am at one with all that is around me, I am part of my community we are all together united.”
You can also take it a step further and add in some gratitude statements, such as. ‘I am grateful for my home, my friends, my body, the water I drink, the sunshine, the air, the birds that are singing, the wind on my face… ‘
Get creative and just think of as many things as you can that you are grateful for – small thoughts such as thinking of how the birds are singing leads to a feeling of positivity and hope and that’s what will help us keep calm and build resilience for our mindset.
Affirmations and gratitude statements are powerful for your mindset.
Laughing triggers happy chemicals for your body, it releases the super chemical called endorphins, it helps to create a positive mood for yourself and decreases stress. So tune into the comedy channel – Seinfield, Friends, Celeste Barber … whatever show works for you. Take your mind off the negative news which seems to be bombarding our feeds. Get the popcorn out and have a good old belly laugh.
And lastly, be patient. We are all in this together. The ENTIRE WORLD .. even the Queen is in lockdown. So be patient, take each day as it comes. Focus on the day at hand, and plan to take each day as it comes. Focus on small steps and small actions during the day.
Together we can keep calm and carry on.