09 Sep how to cope with lockdown again
It is safe to say (possibly the surest thing right now), we have all felt bleak and blue at some point during this year.
Coping with lockdown has often been isolating, gloomy and unpredictable, and definitely not in the 2020 brochure.
We may have lapsed into feeling lonesome, trapped in the monotonous daily news grind – the usual upbeat distractions
designed to entertain our frame of mind, evaporated overnight.
Despite the unity of our condition worldwide, and being able to slow down from the frenetic world of before,
we all craved a different energy at some point. Depression often seeping into the grey horizon or anxiety reigning supreme.
You are not alone: the blues, depression, the black dog or whatever you choose to call this hopeless feeling of despair,
can bang on our door at any time, it has no qualms or prejudice.
Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you’ve been through a tough time,
you can feel persistently morose for weeks or months.
Hello lockdown blues….you’ve eeked your way in, please don’t make yourself at home! You are hard work.
Changing your routine and behaviours, even the small decisions, changing your physical activity
to stimulate endorphins, food choices and, most importantly, your way of thinking are all natural treatments for depression.
Now Autumn is fruitioning, let’s feel more energised, it is our state of mind that will get us through the next phase and create more resilience:
MIND MANAGEMENT IS PARAMOUNT
It is vital to learn how to uplift your frame of mind.
In sessions with clients, we focus on mind managing thoughts.
Once we understand this aspect, lives change, your thoughts are integral to optimum living – make them supportive.
By uplifting your thoughts, you do not need to go into deep emotion or get involved with the downward spiral.
Read “The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle – essential reading and will get you in gear.
Important point : You cannot be grateful and depressed at the same time.
Gratitude alleviates a negative mindset. Making time each day to appreciate all you have to be grateful for shifts your focus to the positives in your life. Gratitude is the antidote to fear, anxiety and depression.
LEARN TO SWITCH OFF THE EPIC NETFLIX BOX SET OF YOUR OWN LIFE IN YOUR HEAD
It’s important to switch off because you are giving your mind a break, from all the stories we reiterate day after day.
To learn how to do this takes practice, brain power.
It’s about creating a space and a time in your day or night to simply stop.
Take a hot bath, read a book, prepare some nourishing food, turn off the device and feel connected from within.
Turn down the negative noise – you so need to practice this, tap into the calm and quiet by mediating, walking or yoga.
EAT AS MUCH GOODNESS FOR YOUR GUT AS YOU CAN
There is a link between junk food and depression.
Serotonin (the feel good hormone) is made in the gut and, as a result, poor gut health can impact your mood.
You are more likely to develop depression compared to those who eat little fresh foods and vegetables.
It is likely that the more junk we eat, the greater risk we are of not only bad digestion but also of depression.
Imagine your gut is a compost for your brain, and feed it the nutrients it needs to thrive,
We all know taking some form of exercise probably has the biggest impact on mood and reducing stress.
It’s really hard to still feel down after a walk in nature (even 10 minutes makes a difference) and helps to balance our mood.
Write down how you feel before and after a walk – notice the change, a mind elixir that just works.