Ramp it up!



This week has been one of increased confusion, disappointment and anxiety as Melbourne metro goes into lockdown for the next six weeks and many families prepare to work from home and home school once more.

So whilst this is happening, it is going to be really important for us all to make sure that we are ramping up our mental health and wellbeing efforts. It’s too easy to slip into those negative emotions and get weighed down by them.

So rather than be part of that, how can we make ourselves feel extra positive and extra calm this week?

For me it is staying inside my bubble of control-there is lots that we cannot control around us and if you get caught up in mainstream media, it can fuel anxiety and cause feelings of overwhelm and powerlessness.

So focus on what you have control over-which is a great deal! You control your thoughts, your behaviour, your intentions, your emotions, so take action and dial them in the direction you choose!

So firstly thing is if you need to get an update on COVID-19, only listen to one update a day about it and then no more!

Second is doing something centring and calming for you-whether that is exercise, art, meditation, playing with your pets, watching a favourite episode of a series, putting some music on that brings you joy, anything!

But make sure you have some planned ‘good-feels’ in you day today. Then also make sure that you have some conversations with people that will make you feel good and that will not bring your mood down.

Find those optimistic souls that you want to be around, ask about their day and share about yours.And lastly make a plan for yourself this week to do something just for you each day this week-something that you enjoy, something that brings a smile, it can be simple as your favourite beverage to drink, getting outside and taking some deep breaths, staring into a fire or taking warm shower or bath, or putting on your favourite perfume or cologne.

These little moments are going to help you focus and feel great, and they accumulate bit by bit. So make a commitment to push your mood in the right direction, one day at a time!Art and painting has been ramped up this weekend by my gorgeous girls-which is just amazing to see!

Published by Kate French

Clinical Psychologist; expertise in autism and child and family psychology.

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