Welcome to our Wellbeing during COVID-19 resources blog. Each of our blogs links directly to one of our 6 rules for keeping calm during the COVID crisis.
Worried that using humour might be inappropriate right now? Don’t be.
According to Dr Chloe Paiddoussis-Mitchell, a chartered counselling psychologist, humour is essential in this time of crisis.
“We can’t control what happens outside of us, but through humour we can avoid becoming overwhelmed by negative emotions such as fear, distress, anxiety, anger and depression.”
Laughter triggers a hormonal response in the brain - your adrenaline levels drop and you become more relaxed. It also increases feel good endorphins and can reduce your stress hormone cortisol.
Laughter is also proven to be contagious, affecting those around you.
There are plenty of ways to get a bit of humour into your life, from podcasts and video clips, to books and films. If you’d like to be part of some collaborative, creative humour take a look at Taskmaster on YouTube!
And if you’re after a bit of political satire and silliness, I love Michael Spicers’ The Room Next Door...
The power of a choir won’t be belittled by lockdown.
Whilst there are thousands of great videos to enjoy on platforms such as YouTube (this one of the cast of Lion King aboard a flight is a personal favourite), many choirs have found ways to unite their sound and bring collective voice to people at home.
The Sofa Singers was set up by James Sills as a result of lockdown. It brings hundreds of people together in real time for simultaneous singing.
And lastly, we’re excited to hear about Gareth Malone’s latest project involving professional and amatuer singers and musicians. You can find out how to take part here.
A simple text, tweet or call can lift someone enormously. We mentioned a story on our Facebook group about how a tweet from an ICU nurse to a radio broadcaster reminded him that his work is keeping other people’s spirits high.
Struggling for words? Why not send someone a song that reminds you of them? Send them a e-card, there are plenty of free sites with a great list available on this post.
This poem from Hollie McNish reminded me how important that simple, “How are you?” is for both you and the other person.
Trying to stick to a schedule that’s not working?
Don’t be bound to a sense of how things ‘should’ be done. Really, there are no hard and fast rules right now - and that goes for home-schooling too.
Lesson plans and online classrooms are a great resource, but our children are feeling the weight of incubation too.
If the day has been a struggle in terms of study, maybe share a lesson in a different way.
Explore science through meal planning and cooking. Go off-piste from the school reading list (note: George Orwell’s Animal Farm has been well received, 1984 might not be the uplifting read you or they need right now!).
The likelihood is you're already doing these things, the difference is being mindful of this as part of your children's home learning.
So if you've not completed all of the prescribed assignments or ticked off all of the spellings - GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK. You're doing a great job!
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Anxiety can sneak up on us, and it's not always practical or possible to take a deep time out.
Here's a great quick fix; try this breathing exercise to immediately help you in those moments of rising anxiety.
Not only is it useful during the day to create a moment of pause, it has helped me fall asleep on several occasions when even the lavender oil hasn’t worked.
Anyone who has practised yoga will testify the power of mastery of breath leading to mastery of mind. Fortunately, you don’t need to stand on your head to benefit from this exercise.
Whilst we’ve been inundated with articles on the merits of physical exercise and its benefit to our overall sense of wellbeing, it’s not the panacea of calm.
Even the nation’s PE teacher Joe Wicks has talked this week about his mental health struggles during lockdown.
We’re seeing an increased number of people reporting disturbed sleep, in fact #cantsleep has been regularly trending on Twitter.
In our online resources section, Rachel wrote that sleep is the single most important tool to improving your almost every aspect of your life.
Without good sleep no matter how well nourish our body in other ways, we will increasingly deteriorate in energy, mood and skill.
You’re probably familiar with the best sleep tips, but here’s a great reminder should you need one.
Personally lavender oil has always tricked my mind into restful sleep, quite possibly psychosomatic conditioning but successful nonetheless.