How to Look After Your Mental Well-being During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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The coronavirus has had a huge impact on our daily lives, and whether you’re young or old, employed or self-employed, you will have felt its effects. For many of us, it has caused anxiety around health and money, and now there are also a growing amount of restrictions on our daily lives.

There’s no doubt about it, the coronavirus and its impact is having an effect on many people’s mental health. The virus itself is an unknown enemy and what will happen, and how long this situation will go on for is uncertain; and it’s the fear of the unknown that’s driving our anxiety.

So how can you look after your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak?

Admit you’re anxious and express it-but don’t spiral

Given the situation, it’s completely normal to feel anxious. Express how you feel to other supportive people or write it down in a journal. But make sure you don’t get let yourself drawn into other people’s anxieties as this will only make you feel worse.

Limit how often you watch the news or check social media updates

If you’re constantly checking the news and social media for coronavirus updates, you’ll increase your anxiety and feelings of overwhelm. There’s nothing wrong with keeping yourself up to date with what’s going on, but stick to official sources like the government or the NHS.

A word on Facebook groups: There are a lot of Facebook groups popping up at the moment and the majority are all about people supporting each other which is so great to see. But watch out for those that are a constant stream of negativity, scaremongering, false information, or trolling. Everything you take in affects your mental health and overall anxiety levels, remember that.

Get moving

If you can’t work at the moment, your gym is shut, or your exercise class is cancelled for the foreseeable future, you might not be as active as you usually are. Staying active is crucial for your physical and mental health so make exercise a priority. The current guidelines from the government say that you are allowed outside to exercise once per day, as long as you maintain a sensible distance from others, so you can go for a walk, jog, or bike ride. But if you’d rather stay at home, or you’re self-isolating, there are plenty of great workouts on YouTube from yoga to Pilates, high-intensity workouts and much more.

Stay connected

If you can’t see friends or family at the moment, it can feel quite lonely and this can affect mental health. We are very lucky to have access to technology that makes staying connected easier. You can text, call, or video call your friends and family, and even get together for a virtual cuppa or glass of wine!

Keep to a routine

If your life is upside down at the minute, sticking to a routine will help you feel just a little bit in control of things. Try to get up and go to bed at the same time and make time for exercise, self-care, and work (if you are able to work and are working from home.)

Fill your time with meaningful things

If you’ve suddenly found yourself with a lot of time on your hands, instead of scrolling through your phone every few minutes, use the time to do something you’ve been meaning to do for a while. If you’re self-employed, learn something new related to your business or tweak your website, or if you just want anything non-coronavirus related to fill your time, why not clear out your wardrobe, read that book you’ve been meaning to read, or do a free online course?

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful. I’ll be sharing lots more on the Facebook page in the coming weeks. Until next time, keep calm and carry on as best you can.

 

 

 

The Importance of Self-Care When You’re Self-Employed

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You might love the freedom of being your own boss, but it can come at a price. It can be isolating, you can end up working really long hours, your earnings might be up and down, and you can end up feeling like you can never switch off. Does this sound familiar?

Setting up your own business is a huge achievement, but when you have to balance it with a busy family life and everything else that gets thrown at you, how do you find the time to take care of yourself?

Self-care is important for everybody, but it’s probably even more of a priority for people who are self-employed. How can you provide your clients with the best service and make the best decisions if you’re constantly exhausted and feeling burned out? You can’t.

Here are some of my top tips self-care tips for people who are self-employed.

Make time for yourself

This is non-negotiable if you want to be your best self. I don’t know about you, but I work harder now I’m self-employed than I ever did when I worked for a boss. But all work and no play leads to burnout and resentment. Your business is important, but it’s not everything. Time spent relaxing, doing things you enjoy, and being with family and friends is priceless. Nobody at the end of their lives wishes they had worked more.

Get into a routine

Your routine should not consist of work, work, and more work. Try to set regular working hours, and factor in rest, exercise, time for hobbies, and time with family and friends. One of the best things about being your own boss is that you’re in charge of your own diary-take advantage of it!

Be protective of your time

In these days of instant messaging and instant everything, it seems like everyone wants a reply to emails and messages straight away. I know you might feel obliged to reply at 10pm on a Saturday, but the fact is, you don’t have to, and you shouldn’t. You have to set boundaries between work and your own personal time. Decide that you won’t answer work-related messages after a certain time in the evening and set up an auto reply telling people when they can expect a response. Answering messages at all hours gives the impression that you’re always available. If you don’t protect your time, nobody else will.

Take care of your mind, body, and soul

Think about what your routine looks like overall. Do you do more things that deplete you rather than adding to your life and giving you a bit of a lift? If so, start bringing a bit more balance into your life by doing things that are good for your mind, body, and soul like having a massage, meditating, doing yoga, and having relaxing baths. Whatever is good for your soul, do more of that.

Be kind to yourself

Even if you love your business and being your own boss, it’s a steep learning curve. There’s a lot of trial and error, and not everyone knows everything about how to build a business (despite what you might see on social media!). Be kind to yourself if you make mistakes, or something doesn’t go as planned. Celebrate your achievements and don’t focus too much on what you think your shortcomings are.

Focus on a few goals rather than spinning plates

If you find that you’re constantly trying to do more of everything at once-posting more on Facebook, offering more services, doing more training, and doing more marketing, just slow down. There are only so many hours in the day, and unless you want an endless to do list forever, it makes sense to focus on one or two goals at a time. What is the most important thing for your business right now? Focus on that and you’ll get so much more done instead of trying to do a million things at once.

 

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