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Tips for managing your mental health right now

Rachael Archer - Thursday, April 16, 2020

I don't know about you, but the last few weeks have felt like a whirlwind!

Sooooooooo much has changed in our life in such a short amount of time.

The dust has settled for me personally this week, and I feel like I've been able to catch my breath a bit.

And while it's been good to feel a bit more on top of life, with that has also come a whole range of emotions...

Disappointment at having to miss out on our beach holiday these school holidays.

Sadness at not being able to hug my friends and family (apart from the family in my house).

Anxiety about the thought of having to home school next term whilst simultaneously keeping my 3 year old entertained, run a business, manage a household, maintain my marriage, etc etc.

Guilt about taking so many little things for granted before all of this COVID-19 drama.

Overwhelm at the sound of, "Muuuuuuum," for the millionth time each day.

Gratitude for still having a business, with amazingly supportive clients and for being able to have so much quality family time.

Relief that there are so many options for financial support whilst we ride this crazy wave.

But then sadness and grief for all of the suffering in the world.


So, I'm going to take a bit of time this long weekend to let all of that (and maybe more) sink in.

And to do that, I need to make sure I allow the space...

I thought I'd share the following ideas with you in case you were feeling ALL THE FEELINGS, too!

I'm going to turn off the news. We don't actually watch any news bulletins on tv anyway, but with all of the press conferences announcing so many different changes over the past few weeks, I've found myself checking articles online throughout the day. So, I'm going to give that a miss.

I'm going to take a break from the socials. If you see posts here on this page over the next few days, they will have been scheduled in advance, because I just need to give my mind a break from the influx of information and opinions and advice in my news feed!

I'm going to "protect my coffee." Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, talked about protecting your coffee; you wouldn't let someone poison your coffee, so why would you let someone poison your mind? I'm lucky to be surrounded by positive, happy people, but for me it's all about switching off the external noise. Which leads me to my next point...

I'm going to put lots of good stuff in to my mind! Read a book (or at least a few pages!), watch some inspiring shows, listen to some great podcasts.... When you put good stuff in, you get good stuff out.

And finally, this little introvert is going to have some alone time. It's how I recharge, stay sane and have some patience with everyone else! Plus, with us all being home all of the time, I've lost the little pockets of time that I used to have on my own. It's very much needed!

So there you go. My little plan for the long weekend.

I hope that wherever you are, you are safe, you are healthy and you are happy.

And it's ok to not be happy, too. It's ok to be feeling a whole lot of loss, grief, sadness, anger, disappointment, and the list goes on....

Just please don't squash those feelings down.

Give yourself some time to process them.

This too shall pass; we just have to go through the rollercoaster that life is right now to get to the other side.

Lots of love x

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