Top Tips For Staying Calm During a Challenging Time

At the moment, life is unpredictable, and we are facing times of uncertainty. While remaining as positive as possible is vital for getting through challenging times of any kind, we appreciate that it’s often easier said than done.

We have put together our top tips for staying calm during this (and any other) challenging times that we hope you will find helpful:

Take time to do the things you enjoy

While you may not be able to go outside and take part in your usual social activities, it’s important that you still set aside some time each day to do things that will make you happy. If you feel like you don’t have any at-home hobbies, then this is the great time to find some. There are lots of free online classes and workshops that you can join in with from the comfort of your home, from cooking to life drawing, so why not give something new a go? Setting this time aside each day to do something just for you is a great way of prioritising your happiness and leaving the stresses of the day behind.

Reach out to your support network

Social distancing does not mean that you should stop being social altogether. Arranging a video or phone call with your friends and family can help you feel supported and part of a network. There are lots of great apps to help you keep in touch such as Zoom and House Party and you could also incorporate a game such as bingo or a pub quiz into those video calls to create special memories you’ll never forget. If you feel that you don’t have any friends or family to call during this time, you can still network in some wonderful groups online.

Keep structure within your day

If you are used to having a set structure within your day (for example working 9-5), it can really knock your mindset when you suddenly have that structure taken away. No more commute to and from work. No more set lunch break. No more chat with your partner when you get home about your day. Being at home in your PJs would normally sound like the dream, but when structure is taken away, you are likely to feel a little lost! Get around this by keeping an element of structure, despite being at home. You could set a timer on your phone for 1pm so you can have lunch at the same time each day, and if you are working from home, set another timer for 5pm to remind yourself to stop working and ‘commute’ from your desk to your lounge (or wherever you would normally spend time after work).

Don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s

Clicking on Instagram and watching everyone else use this time to learn a new language or start a new business can make you feel like you aren’t doing enough or that you’re doing isolation ‘wrong’, but the truth is , there is no wrong. You need to do what’s right for you. If you see this time as an opportunity to do something you’ve always wanted to do, that’s great! However, if you need some time for self-care and rest, that’s OK too! Don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s and don’t forget, people only share the bits of their life they want you to see.