Staying cool, calm and connected through Covid-19

By MAS Team | 30 March 2020

Now we’re all bunkering down for a few weeks, it’s a good chance to slow right down and practice mindfulness. It’s something many of us have needed to do for a long time. Nothing like a bit of forced isolation to make you prioritise your mental health, right?

So here’s a few gentle tips about what to keep in mind to stay both safe and sane during the lockdown.

Stop the spread of fake news

The barren state of supermarket shelves around the globe reveals the general temperament of a world in panic. It’s totally understandable. Seeing others stocking up makes us want to do the same. Thus, distress ensues.

That makes us desperate to stay up to date with what’s going on. Ultimately this has led to fake news spreading like, well, a virus. That’s why it’s so important to be mindful of your sources and only get answers from the experts. It’s key to staying calm without contributing to the panic.

 

The world is temporarily closed by Edwin Hooper on Unsplash

The world is temporarily closed (Photo by Edwin Hooper on Unsplash)

Acknowledge how we can help. And accept how we can’t

Humans are wired to care. But unless you’re out there on the frontline (many of you are, thank you, thank you, thank you) there’s little we can do – bar staying clean, staying home and staying in touch.

The best way forward is to follow instructions and stay indoors. Accepting that early is an important step in getting through all this as quickly as we can.

Keeping cool, calm and connected

Now that we’re all tucked up at home, it’s inevitable we’re going to get a bit restless. So keeping yourself comfortable, calm and connected is crucial:

  • With a beginner’s guide to meditation plus tips for practicing mindfulness daily, The Headspace App is the perfect way of building habits to take with you post-lockdown.
  • Wanted to try a ‘paint and wine night’, but never got round to it? Paint Vine turns your living room into an artist’s studio. And wine is sure to get the creative juices flowing.
  • Remember the adult colouring book hype? It was all about sitting still and staying focused. The Colourfy App does just that, minus the frustration of going outside the lines.
  • Facebook Messenger has more to offer than just chats. It’s packed with games to play with your pals to keep you connected. ‘Words with Friends’ is always a winner.
  • You’re probably already knee-deep bingeing Netflix. So why not add some friends to the mix? Netflix Party is the closest you’ll get to a movie night-in with the crew.
  • Just because we’re meant to be isolating, doesn’t mean we can’t party. Get the gang to download the House Party App and get constant connection with the people you love most.

As hard as it has been, this is a chance to reflect on our hectic lives. Maybe, just maybe, slowing down is just what we all need to kickstart positive habits to use in life after lockdown. Stay informed, stay positive and stay connected. We’ll all keep on keeping on together.

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