LOOKING AFTER OUR WELLBEING
As we enter our second week of this pandemic many of us are trying to adjust to this new reality of social distancing. Unnatural in many ways, we all understand its importance. For most adults and children this can be quite distressing and inevitably it can have a negative effect on our mental wellbeing. It’s at this time that most people socialize and look for support through social media.
Some Wellbeing Tips:
On social media, people may talk about their own worries or beliefs. You don’t need to make them your own. Too much time on social media may increase your worry and levels of anxiety. Consider limiting how much time you spend on social media.
Friends and family can be a good source of support during times of stress and worry and it’s important to keep in touch with them.
If you’re advised to limit your social contact to contain the virus, try to stay connected in other ways such as email, social media, video calls or phone calls.
Remember that talking things through with someone can help lessen that worry you feel – you don’t have to appear to be strong or try to cope with things by yourself
You may notice some of the following
- increased anxiety; worried about exams, friends family etc
- feeling stressed;
- becoming irritable more easily;
- feeling insecure or unsettled;
- having trouble sleeping;
- feeling helpless or a lack of control;
- having irrational thoughts.
THE HSE RECOMMENDS:
- exercise regularly, especially walking – you can do this even if you need to self-quarantine;
- keep regular sleep routines;
- maintain a healthy, balanced diet;
- practice relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises;
- read a book.
Most importantly if you are feeling stressed, anxious or worried – talk about your feelings either to your parent/guardian or with a friend.