Whether you are working from the office, working from home or you have been furloughed, the coronavirus can take its toll on everyone. In this blog post we would like to share some top tips for coping during coronavirus lock down.

Maintain Good Relationships

Take the time to talk to friends and family. Tell them how you feel and what is going on. If you are offered help then accept it. Keeping things to yourself can be really stressful. Bottling things up will affect your mental health.

Look After Your Body

Exercise is not only great for your body; it’s great for your mental health too. Whether you go for a socially-distanced walk round the neighbourhood or local park, or turn up the music and have a dance, the exercise will help. Be aware of what you are eating and how you are sleeping.

If you have been furloughed it may be tempting to stay up all night binge watching NetFlix but this will do more harm than good. If you’re working from home make sure you don’t spend all day working and continue late into the evening. Again, this is bad for your body and your mental health.

Look After You

Do something every day that makes you feel good. This could be some crafting, baking cakes for neighbours or just reading your favourite book. Use this time to be compassionate and forgiving to yourself. Consider doing things that not only make you happy, but also activities that make you calm and feel relaxed.

Get Writing

Make the effort to write each day. You could write down your thoughts and feelings for example. You could write down a list of 3 positive things about each day to remind you that things are going to be okay. Even writing down any negative thoughts and feelings is a great way of clarifying any issues you are struggling with. By writing it down you will be getting it off your chest.

Stay Positive

We know this is easier said than done, but just being aware of what you are saying to yourself will help you. Consider what you are saying to yourself – would you ever say that to someone else? Then why are you saying it to yourself. Observe the bad thoughts and tell yourself to stop. This will take time and effort, but it will be worth it. Remember that nothing ever stays the same and this will pass. Try and maintain a hopeful outlook and visualise what you want, not what you fear.

Do you have any top tips for coping during coronavirus lock down? Remember, as an employer you are welcome to share these ideas with your team to help them cope during lock down.