Mindfulness is also Yorkshire Grit. With that in mind, Mrs Lay put together a fantastic Coronavirus survival kit. During this time of uncertainty it is very easy to become stressed and anxious especially if we are isolated or even ill. There are lots of different ways to help ourselves and others to get through this, from simple health advice to mindfulness, which can restore our well-being.
For many of us this is the first time that we have experienced an enforced isolation. We are used to the freedom of going out, having fun, meeting others and being in control of our day. Under isolation we are forced to spend long periods of time at home. This can have an effect on our mental health. For some, loneliness can trigger depression or anxiety. The lack of routine and connection with others can affect even the most positive of people. It is natural to worry about family members and be fearful of the uncertainty of what will happen. Making good choices and keeping our lives balanced is key to getting the most out of our time in isolation or help you to manage if you are feeling ill. All of the following suggestions are about self-care, looking after yourself and others.
What can you do if you are in isolation?
Mindfulness is simply changing your focus to the present. We cannot change what has happened, what is happening around us or what will happen in the future. We know that worrying doesn’t help. In fact worrying actually stops us from living productively. It is important to acknowledge our feelings as there is no point trying to hide how we truly feel. In mindfulness we teach the importance of being honest with ourselves. The following mindfulness activities will help you to refocus on the positive things in life.
If you are struggling in any way, talking or sharing your worries is very helpful. We should never be afraid to open up. Emotions are our body’s way of telling you that you are not okay. Just as Jessie J sings in one of her songs: ‘It is okay not to feel okay.’ Talking to family and friends is the best choice. However, if that isn’t an option for you there are websites especially designed for students and young people. They can offer guidance or even one to one support. Our school promotes the service offered by ‘Compass Buzz’ which provides confidential support.
Other helpful Websites:
Websites to help you with meditation