This is a very demanding situation, but we now know that many of the current circumstances lie outside our circle of influence. You are carrying a heavy load right now, and when our load is heavier than our capacity, we experience stress. The scales are no longer evenly balanced. In the short term, this is not a problem - we all feel off-balance now and again. But if the imbalance is ongoing, it can have an impact on your health. That is why it is important to put down solid foundations that will support you so that you stay in balance.
Put down solid foundations
Think about the following questions and share your thoughts with your online psychologist, a colleague or somebody you are close to:
You probably only have limited amounts of time for relaxation. Breathing exercises can be a very effective way to recover from a stressful day. Try doing the 4-7-8 breathing method developed by the American doctor Andrew Weil.
4-7-8 breathing exercise
Keep the tip of your tongue gently pressed against the back of your front teeth and breathe as follows:
1. Breathe in through your nose for 4 counts
2. Hold your breath for 7 counts
3. With your mouth open, breathe out for 8 counts
4. Repeat this cycle 3 - 4 times
These kinds of breathing exercises can be very effective. If you practise daily, you will feel the benefits. This breathing exercise can help in a number of situations - a busy day, an awkward conversation, difficulty falling asleep etc.
Social support is very important during times of crisis and high stress. We need our loved-ones, friends and colleagues more than ever right now. Sharing what you are going through and getting things off your chest are an important outlet for many of us. You may encounter some experiences which you only feel comfortable sharing with other carers; if that is the case, try talking to a colleague.
Sharing your emotions is not always easy at the end of a long shift - the switch from work to home can feel enormous. This could be because you have faced big challenges at work which may have affected you mentally, but it could also be because there are new responsibilities waiting for you at home as you step into your other role as parent, carer, partner, or friend.
Act & Connect
Think about which of these tools could help you and share your thoughts with your online psychologist, a colleague or someone you are close to.
Contact our psychologists today to discuss the effects of Corona on your mental health.