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.
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.
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.
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:
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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