HELLO BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
We have made it to May. I don’t know about you guys but I am going a bit loopy at this point of the lockdown, falling somewhere between the extremes of complete laziness or need-to-do-everything-ness.
It may seem that COVID19 is all you hear and talk about, and that’s because it is pretty much all that anyone anywhere is experiencing. This sudden change in circumstance will inevitably cause widespread stress, and I believe that the way to best deal with it is by acknowledging it so we can care for ourselves by taking necessary stress-relief measures. Mental health is not something to be taken lightly, and we widely encourage you to discuss your mental health with your family and encourage them to do the same.
In these circumstances, you or your family may experience common reactions to stress that can manifest themselves physically and mentally, such as:
- problems getting to sleep or staying asleep
- tiredness and fatigue
- a loss of appetite
- feeling overwhelmed, anxious or fearful
- mood swings or over-reacting to small things
- muscle tension or pain
- feeling angry, irritable or intolerant
It is the time to work on our patience and try to be as understanding as possible with those we live with. The fact that they are our kids, or partner, or mum/dad, or other family does not ensure that we will deal with stress in the same way, so it is best to not take things personally, they often aren’t anyways. They are probably also undergoing their own version of stress, sadness, loneliness, boredom, or other that is affecting them and their behaviour, too. We must support and be kind to each other!
Some ways to protect your mental health for the remainder of the lockdown:
- setting time limits to maintain a healthy work-life balance – having a schedule is key in keeping yourself going at this stage, lets be real, it’s hard… but we got this! I believe in you!
- for example: shower and dress comfortably, as if you’re getting ready for a normal day – this will play to your sense of mission for the day and to help keep you in routine
- create a separate office or workspace, if possible, for working from home – working where you sleep can contribute to insomnia as the brain will associate your environment with responsibility and remain more active when it is time for sleep
- if you are sitting for long periods of time, move around/have a stretch about once every hour; the human body needs to move! – when we become inactive, the muscles lose strength, the ligaments and tendons shorten and stiffen, we can actually feel more stressed/anxious, the risk for several diseases increases, and overall, it just gets harder to do things… so stretch your legs frequently and aim for doing at least 20-30 mins of exercise per day
- choose a good chair and set up your computer properly – keep an eye on your posture and move your eyes from the computer screen, practice looking at something far away, and blink slowly 10 times every so often for some bonus eye maintenance
- keep connected to friends and colleagues – Zoom gatherings don’t have to be only reserved for work and class (;
- go outside once a day (if it’s possible to responsibly do so) – getting some sunlight and fresh air goes a long way for lifting the mood and clearing the mind
- keep the kitchen stocked with healthy snacks and meals – take advantage of having the time to cook and make yourself some yummy foods!
If you are struggling with you mental health, please speak with someone! Here is a specifically developed Coronavirus support service: https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/
On another note, I hope everyone is enjoying our online classes. Please give us any and all feedback; we are trying our best to keep up with the situation until we can return to normal. If you haven’t signed up and would like more information on our monthly option please check out this link: https://www.geelongdancemovement.com.au/term-2-online/
Until next time,
— Sofia Reinking