Support your mental wellbeing
Research indicates that being isolated can negatively impact our mental wellbeing, so keep reading for ways to support your own and the mental wellbeing of those around you during times of isolation.
- Practice mindfulness – Mindfulness is the practice of focusing your mind on the present moment, and accepting your thoughts without judgment. Amid all the uncertainty and stress that people may be experiencing currently, it’s definitely something worth trying to help calm a busy mind. In fact, research suggests that mindfulness practice can bring about improvements to attitudes, behaviours and health.
Top tip: If you’re new to mindfulness, try simple breathing or meditation techniques to get you started. Paying attention to our breath is a simple way to focus our attention, and there are plenty of guided practices online or via apps to try. Or click here for our own mindful breathing tips.
- Take time for yourself – It’s all too easy to get consumed by what’s currently going on in the world, but taking some time for yourself can really make a difference to our mental wellbeing, so plan in something for you as you would a work meeting. Once it’s in the diary, you’re more inclined to stick to it!
Top tip: Allocate 30 minutes each day to do something for you – this could be taking a relaxing bath, practicing some mindfulness, doing some exercise, playing with the kids, learning a new activity or simply cosying up with a book before bedtime. Take a look at our self care article for more ideas.
- Practise daily gratitude – Practising gratitude is being able to notice the things around you, reflecting and be thankful for them. People who practise gratitude are able to experience more positive emotions, and express more compassion and kindness. In light of the current situation, practising daily gratitudes is something that may help to ease an anxious mind.
Top tip: Invest in a journal to write down daily gratitudes. To start with, it may be something like ‘I am thankful for my family’ but over time try to write down new gratitudes to change your focus and widen your perspective on the world.
In summary, self-isolation may be challenging but there are things you can do to support your wellbeing and even make it a positive experience. Be thankful for the things you have around you, embrace the time spent with family, and reach out as much as possible to those around you.
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Alexander K Saeri1, Tegan Cruwys1, Fiona Kate Barlow1,Samantha Stronge2 and Chris G Sibley. Social connectedness improves public mental health: Investigating bidirectional relationships in the NewZealand attitudes and values survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2018, Vol. 52(4) 365–374. DOI: 10.1177/0004867417723990
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