We’ve all had to deal with so much change in the last few weeks. It’s been exceptionally challenging.
With so much happening I just wanted to offer some support and resources for looking after our mental health.
So I’ve collected the best articles I could find on; self isolation, helping your kids, learning, exercising at home, and reducing stress and anxiety.
I hope that you find them useful.
P.S. I really appreciate your support and want to return the favour. If you’re feeling anxious, isolated or want some support or advice, please get in touch by replying to this email.
Being stuck at home can be challenging. Living in the International Space Station for almost a year even more so. But, having done it, astronaut Scott Kelly shares some invaluable tips on living in isolation.
With schools closed, some of you will be juggling work and keeping your kids educated and entertained. For most, this will be something new.
This article asks teachers for their tips and advice for primary and secondary students.
Epiphanies are rare. But I had a minor one after watching this 10 minute video.
It’s all about how kids learn:
Part of the first point is the belief that if you have talent you shouldn’t need to try. That results should come naturally. So, if you don’t perform well, it’s because you’re not good enough.
How do we get this mindset?
From the study in the video, it seems to be from the way we’re praised. If we’re praised for intelligence, we start to think we do well because we’re smart. Or do badly because we’re dumb.
On the other hand, if we’re praised for how hard we try, we realise we can do better if we work at it. And are more likely to try harder and achieve more.
Want to exercise but don’t think you have the right equipment?
MadFit has you covered.
There’s a whole range of workouts to try - most of which use no equipment. And she even has a selection of workouts that are specifically made for apartments (no jumping).
Or, if you’re feeling nostalgic, pull on your tube socks, grab a chair and shape your body with Cindy Crawford.
It’s normal to be concerned at the moment. But for many people it can make existing mental health problems worse.
So be kind to yourself by following these tips:
And if you find yourself overwhelmed with anxiety or worries, try the APPLE technique:
Breathing is one of the most overlooked - but most effective - ways to manage stress.
Studies have shown that breathing exercises improve cognitive function, encourage positive thoughts, and reduce the symptoms of anxiety.
And there are many different breathing techniques you can use. Including ones for stress, increasing energy, and general relaxation.
If you’re not familiar with breathing exercises or mediation, this article is a great place to start. It’s written by the meditation company headspace, which I’ve found really helpful. But I also hear good things about their main competitor Calm as well (my wife likes and uses both). If you haven’t already, give them a try.
Anxiety is something everyone experiences. And feeling anxious is a very normal reaction in some situations.
But if your anxiety is getting the better of you lately, the good news is there are plenty of things you can try to help you cope. If you need to, take a moment to go through this guide from the NHS.
Just remember, you’re not alone. We’re all in this together.
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