It is hard not to be affected by what is going on in the world around us right now.
Just as we began to feel a glimmer of hope coming to the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are hit with the news of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Such devastating world affairs can be a fearful and uncertain time for everyone – this can negatively impact our personal wellbeing.
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Over the past few weeks, we have been exposed to images of bombings, wrecked buildings, wounded civilians, and displaced families seeking refuge. Hearing stories of heartache and sorrow, such distressing scenes may impact our mood and anxiety levels.
During times like this please remember it is natural to feel worried and express concern, feeling emotional is a natural response to human suffering. We are naturally compassionate and empathic, and such exposure can have an adverse effect our mental health.
Therefore, through times of turbulence, while it is important to stay informed, it is necessary to consider looking after our own wellbeing, manage exposure and implement ways to support and manage our mental wellbeing during such times.
Here are some tips may help you to look after your mental health through times of uncertainty.
Take regular breaks from the news and social media if you’re finding content distressing and limit your consumption. Only follow reputable news/media sources. Spend a few hours away from your phone each day.
It is a good idea to stick to your daily routine
Routine is useful in making life feel a little more predictable, especially during uncertain times. When things are outside your control, routine can help keep a sense of control and structure. Spend a little time creating a schedule of activities. Include some journaling in your schedule to help you offload some of those thoughts and feelings.
Focus on what you can control
You may also like to focus on the things you can do if you feel able to like stress management techniques and keeping active. Eat a well-balanced diet, use mediation, creative activities, cooking and reading as forms of self-care. Spend a little time each morning setting out your day. It is also important to focus on gratitude during troublesome times – write three things daily you are grateful for.
Try to stay connected
At times of stress, we work better in company and with support. Try and keep in touch with your friends and family. Talk about other news and positive reports. Talk to your family. Involving our family and children in our plans for good health is essential.
Be kind, look to the good
At tough times, it is natural to look at the negatives but if you look around you will see so many people reaching out and helping others. Where possible, you too may wish to get involved in reaching out Donate if you can, text a friend to check in, pick up an extra tin for the food bank. Good deeds and kindness are good for our own wellbeing as well as helping others.
Fred Rogers famously said: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
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