The following is a guest post by Rach Talks Business, a lovely blogger and member of the blogging community.
As we enter another lockdown period, it is so important to check in on the people around us. Mental health and well-being need to become our top-priority though these uncertain times. After suffering with anxiety for several years, I thought it would be helpful to share my personal recommendations.
These are basic tips on dealing with isolation anxiety, as well as some helpful book recommendations I have used in order to stay positive over the last few months.
Everyone is different and although these tips work for me they may not work for you, so it is important to seek medical advice if you are feeling low during these difficult times.
Limit Time on Social Media
Social media is a useful tool in everyone’s day to day life and an amazing communication tool for bloggers. However, social media can be a negative place and misleading information spreads like wildfire.
It is important to ensure you are not taking in too much negativity from social media as this can heighten your anxiety and make you feel overwhelmed. I usually spend no more than two hours each day on social media channels.
My advice would be to use credible sources such as government websites if I want to know any information around lockdown rules or information on how to stay safe. Try to avoid fake news articles if you can!
When I am having a down week, the first thing that happens to me personally is I forget to take care of myself. Once you get into a bad routine it is much harder to get yourself out.
Every day, even if you’re feeling down try to get up, have a wash, and get dressed. It seems so simple but being inside all the time can easily lead to far too many PJ days. I always feel positive and fresh once I have had a pamper and made myself feel good.
Showers and baths are amazing for stress relief, so allocate one night a week for a proper pamper.
It is important to stay distracted and occupied during this uncertain time. Make time each day to take a step back and get lost in a book or TV show. Taking yourself away from the reality of the world is healthy and gives your brain a well needed rest.
Over the last few months I have found some books that have made me feel super positive in myself.
One of the first books I was recommended was ‘The Anxiety Solution’ by Chloe Brotheridge. Chloe’s book focuses on how to recognise anxiety, what to do, and how to work with your anxiety and most importantly, move on from it. The author uses her own scientific research and examples from her own experiences, making the novel extremely relatable.
‘The Anxiety Solution’ gave me some amazing tips in helping to control my anxious feelings.
Another book that has helped me in terms of keeping a positive outlook on life is ‘The
Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne. I was extremely sceptical about reading ‘The Secret’ as I
know this book is marmite. Some people love it and follow the ideas and views
religiously- and other people do not find it very useful.
I personally found the book helpful in changing my outlook on life and making me feel positive and motivated.
Finally, a tiny recommendation I have is ‘The Little Book of Positivity’ by Lucy Lane. I was recently bought this by a friend for my birthday and it is filled with inspirational messages and thoughts all about positivity.
It is a lovely little book to read if you’re having a down day and need a little pick me up! It is also the perfect little gift for a friend who mightn’t be feeling themselves. I have some more suggestions on how you can stay occupied during this uncertain time on my post, Simple Anxiety Tips To Help Through Covid-19.
This uncertain period is not forever, and you will get through it. Everyone is in the same boat so please remember your feelings are always valid and there is always someone you can speak to if you’re feeling anxious or lonely. Stay connected with the people you love and never be afraid to talk about your feelings to your friends. A problem shared is a problem halved!
Rachel is a fantastic blogger, using her blog as a way to put her marketing knowledge to good use and promoting small, independent businesses over on her blog.