Many of us are feeling incredibly busy, facing uncertainty, or worrying about the safety of loved ones, while the world as we know it has completely changed. If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed it’s important to understand that this is a completely normal response to the situation, and you are not alone. While we can’t change the circumstances we’re all facing, we can offer some tips for coping with stress each day this Mental Health Awareness Week- and we recommend tuning in to Morley tutor Paul Sarcich’s Music for De-Stressing Playlist as you read.
Take a pause to breathe. Close your eyes and, using your thumb and your ring finger, close one nostril to breathe in, and then the other to breathe out. Repeat four times, or for as long as you need to feel the calming benefits of regulating your breathing. Follow along with our tutor Rachel Wise.
When everything starts to feel too much, it’s easy to fall into a negative spiral. Start and finish your days by thinking of the things you’re grateful for, no matter how tiny- we promise it will make you feel better. What are we grateful for? Sunshine, our brilliant tutors working hard to teach online and our fantastic communities, of course!
Make time for yourself
Many of us will be feeling busier than ever, juggling childcare and work, or working incredibly long hours in key roles, for which we are all so grateful. It’s important to make sure you’re making some time for yourself, even if it is just a few minutes to sit with a cup of tea, move your body or go outside. If you can carve some time out of the day for yourself, why not use that time to get fully absorbed in something other than the endless news updates, and take a look at our online courses?
The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is Kindness, and one way of coping with stress is to practice being kind- to yourself as well as those around you. If you find yourself crying over spilt milk, it’s important to remember that you’re not overreacting- you’re probably feeling overwhelmed by everything that’s happening outside of your control, and you’re not alone. Keep talking to yourself like you would your closest friend or family member, and treat yourself with a little love.