The reality is that the world will not be the same as it was before COVID-19 hit; everything has changed around the world. The rules have gone out the window that the more we stay in, the quicker we will be out of this nightmare. The impact this has had on people’s jobs, and businesses and our mental health have been overwhelming for everyone.

The world we live in today is not the same as the one we lived in a few months ago. We are all going to feel anxious about going out and leading a healthy life.  It’s normal to have these feelings. This pandemic will change our daily life, maintaining distance, wearing masks. The list is endless.

If you have been struggling over the last few weeks and feel stressed and anxious and need some help here are a few tips for mental wellbeing.

  • Connect with other people who can provide you with emotional support
  • Turn off the news what is full of negativity.
  • Use Skype to talk to family members or friends.
  • Start getting active as when you exercise you get the feel-good hormones in your brain, which can change your mood to a positive one.
  • Learn new skills as this can improve your wellbeing.
  • Try new hobbies that challenge you; writing a blog can be therapeutic.

Paying attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings. Staying around positive people can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is your number one priority, reducing stress levels, sleeping better, and anything to help you be in control of your anxiety is a win-win. Living every day with a mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of and just because you look okay doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.

Appearing normal

Every day people wake up, get dressed and go about their daily lives, entirely undetected to be struggling. From the outside, they look as if everything is normal, however on. The inside this person could be breaking and struggling. Invisible chronic illnesses, depression, anxiety is all real.

Imagine waking up every day and on the inside panicking about when the next anxiety attack is going to happen, putting on a fake smile, uploading to your social media apps that everything perfect …this is life for a lot of people.

Every single person struggling with mental illness is valid, and every only person deserves to be listened to and to be provided with some help. Talking about mental health is not a weakness, so please see your GP and make that first step.

Telling people that you have a mental illness can be hard, given the stigma attached and ignorance. Surrounding yourself with the right people who bring out the best in you and have your best intentions at heart and you can’t go wrong, remove anyone toxic in your life you don’t need this kind of people around you.

 Remember, good friends will encourage you and help you get motivated. For so many people, the uncertainty surround COVID-19 is the hardest thing to handle. Yes, we don’t know how things are going to go or if we are going to get a second wave, but all we can do is take each day as it comes.

A few contact numbers if you need to talk to someone:

Anxiety UK: 03444- 775 -774

Mind: 0300 -123 -3393

No Panic: 0844 -967 -4848