It’s natural to feel unhappy at this unprecedented time.
None of us feel positive all the time- its okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared and anxious- it’s what makes us human – but if you feel these feelings become overwhelming then try and do something about it:
- Use this current time as an opportunity to reset our focus… to reconnect… Take notice. Having time to reflect is a huge gift. In a world going at 100 mph we do not always have the time to give – to loved ones, friends, colleagues, ourselves.
- When was the last time you asked how someone was and really had the time to listen, to be present, notice, contemplate, feel connected? Use this time to notice – remember the simple things that give you joy, the stillness outside- appreciate the beauty… be grateful.
- If you feel yourself being overwhelmed, talk about your feelings- don’t struggle in silence- open up to somebody about it – it is really important you share your experience with people so that you can get the help that you need. Talk to your friends, family, your doctor. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Keep learning- Embrace new experiences, see opportunities- surprise yourself!
- We have all had to learn to cope with new skills during this unprecedented time- try to keep the avenues of communication and positivity open, whether it’s a zoom conference with friends, board games with the kids, bonding over playlist on spotify with your teenager or checking in with your doctor.
Overall, use this time to be aware of your mental health and try to take positive steps to help reduce anxiety and stress levels.
Dr Nav Uppal is based in IMC Jelita.
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