There’s a wealth of information availble about coping in these unusual times, from MIND, NHS Every Mind Matters and Mental Health Foundation among others. So much so in fact that the volume of guidance may even feel overwhelming or confusing. So let’s concentrate on 'kindness' and consider that first and foremost we need to be kind to ourselves!
Kindness starts with you – celebrate small wins, let go of harsh inner dialogue and befriend yourself! To show ourselves kindess, we can think of ways to improve things for ourselves, to get things in perspective and give ourselves some control.
Write down all the different roles you play in life
Emotional Labour is the term for the additional work we do in order to display the emotions we think we should have, to hide what we’re really feeling, to take care of other people’s feelings, and to keep everyone ‘happy’. It’s exhausting, so try to stop doing it. Instead make room for emotions, communicate clearly and honestly, and say how you’re feeling.
Bookend Your Day
At the end: What went well today? (There is always something!)
We hope you’ll find some of the tips here useful for focusing on yourself. Remember to look after yourself and take care of you.