1. Go outside once a day
Fresh air and some physical exercise is always good for the soul. Just remember that if you see anyone, please make sure you keep a good distance away from them. If you can’t go outside, then exercise indoors, there are lots of exercise videos on YouTube which are designed for small spaces, just make sure you keep moving!
2. Speak to at least one person daily
Contact with others outside the home is important to us all, and therefore please make sure you stay in touch with other people. Contact with others helps us to look beyond ourselves.
3. Read information only from trusted sources.
The temptation in this time is to read articles/social media which may worry us more. If you feel worried or anxious about anything online then mute that source – they won’t know you are doing it, and you can follow them again when you want to.
4. Eat well
Cooking and preparing food can distract us from negative thoughts. Jack Monroe’s website with simple low-cost recipes has helpful resources.
It can be tempting to read from the internet before going to sleep. Try to read a book or unwind by having a bath. What works for one person, may not work for another, so please don’t give up – try something else.
6. Talk – Please don’t bottle-up your fears and concerns.
Talk to someone you trust if you feel anxious. We can all feel worried about things and it really helps to talk it through with someone – the old saying of “a trouble shared is a trouble halved” is so true – you’re not on your own.
7. Get a routine
Plan a good rhythm in your day and mix it up with different timed activities. Exercise, reading, doing an indoor hobby or something in your confined outside space. Mix it up so that there is variety, avoiding boredom, giving yourself treats. Give yourself easy wins, so that you feel like you have achieved something each day. Set yourself goals to achieve during the ‘lockdown’ – perhaps learning a new skill, or sorting out that cupboard which has been taunting you for years…
8. Stay healthy
Make sure you keep as physically healthy as possible –wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. If you are worried about your health, please don’t hesitate to check out your symptoms. The government’s website offers advice on a range of issues, which provides updated and accurate information.
9. Talk to your GP or mental health professional
It will be unlikely that you can do this face-to-face but you can telephone your surgery and they can usually provide a telephone consultation on the telephone. They may telephone you back, and you can talk through things with them. There may be ways they can find help for you.
…for the situation for you and for others – use some of the prayers printed at the bottom if you find it hard to find the words.
Stay in touch with God – make space amidst the barrage of news and head noise to stay in touch with God, maybe just sit quietly, with Him and tell Him how it is, how it feels.
You may like to download the Soultime app on the Appstore or on GooglePlay.
You could use Prayermate – an App which helps you to focus your prayers.
And you could spend some time getting to know God better by reading the Bible. A great app for this is YouVersion where you can get David Suchet reading the Bible to you!
You could also try reading the Bible in One Year. You can get it on your phone or as a daily email, and you don’t have to start on January 1st! You can do this with the great Bible Project resource or with Bible In One Year.
Take time to listen to worship music on YouTube or Spotify – don’t be embarrassed to song along, lots of people do!
And, of course, join us, or another community, on Sunday for worship – via the link on the website www.sjtl.org connecting with God’s people as they worship is powerful and changes our perspective. If you miss it you can always catch up on YouTube or from the recording on our front page.
For those who are struggling with their Mental well-being there are various places on line where you can go for help:
- Mind, the mental health charity, have produced some really practical tips that will help you to stay safe while supporting your mental health online.The BBC also has some useful pointers to help you to effectively navigate the barrage of news, rumour and hearsay, that is inevitably swirling around.
- The Mental Health Foundation have some great really practical advice to help individuals who are struggling with anxiety.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30