Tips to help your emotional wellness woes

With everything going on in the world at the moment you might be feeling your mood change often, and that’s ok! While you’ve probably heard many people saying they’re trying to ‘stay positive’, it can sometimes be easier said than done and if, like us, you’ve been struggling to figure out how to process what you’re feeling, we’ve got some tips that we hope will help with some of the emotional woes we’ve all been feeling.

Vulnerability

There’s no doubt that this period is making a lot of us feel vulnerable. Whether you’re feeling it physically or mentally, it can have a toll on your emotional wellbeing. Finding comfort in things can be a way to help you feel safer and a little less exposed. Here are a few things the Bach Team suggest:

- Make sure your home feels cosy and comforting: snuggle under some blankets, light some candles, bake a cake or even play fireplace sounds on your laptop. While blankets, fairy lights and the smell of baking might traditionally be associated with winter, there’s no reason to tuck away cosy winter items just yet. If they can bring comfort when days are dark and cold, they can probably bring a little comfort when days are uncertain and challenging.

- Self-care: taking time for yourself is always important, and as we’re all cooped up at home, there’s even more time to focus on ourselves and do things we know make us happy. Whether that’staking a bath or watching a cheesy, feel-good movie and eating popcorn, try to find a way to feel comfortable while focusing on you. Here’s a list of feel-good movies in case you need a little inspo.

- Let it out: just as you would go to your parents’ bedroom when you woke up from a nightmare as a kid, talking to someone close to you when you feel unsafe or vulnerable can bring comfort. Talk to your family or pick up the phone to your best friend. If you can’t talk to anyone, then try writing your feelings down in a journal –it could help you process them and feel a little safer.

Loneliness

While a lot of us might be on lockdown with our families or flatmates, being physically cut off from others can be challenging. Thankfully, modern technology has provided some kind of a solution to this. Here’s a ranking of the best video apps so you can stay connected with everyone you love (and maybe even some people you don’t know on Houseparty!) Though a long catch-up is always nice, if you don’t have anything specific to talk about but still want human contact, playing games can be a fun way to stay connected. You could set up a weekly virtual pub quiz with your friends or use Houseparty’s in-app games.

Anger or feeling overwhelmed

Being overwhelmed or a feeling angry is totally normal at the moment, but they’re never nice things to experience, so here are a few things we hope might help. Firstly, slow down and focus on your breathing. Breathe in for fourcounts, and out for four. Then, listen to some calming music and close your eyes, allowing your breath to settle. We’ve found soft piano music to be quite calming.Listening to just one instrument will allow you to focus on one thing, appreciate the melody and avoid being overwhelmed by too many sounds. Practicing meditation regularly can also help process certain emotions. Apps like Headspace, Aura and Calm are great for beginners, but here’s a link to The Honest Guys’free meditation playlist on YouTube if you’d like to try it out.

Restlessness

Being inside all day is enough to get anyone feeling restless and whether you were a regular gym-goer, a runner or a stroller, it’s likely your activity levels have decreased since isolation began. We’ve been trying to change up our workouts regularly so that we don’t get bored. Pilates, power yoga, yin yoga, HIIT, resistance band workouts, barre: these are a few of the many types of workouts you can find for free on YouTube! Though getting into a routine is great, try changing the time at which you exercise to help you feel a little less restless. If you’re sitting at a desk all day, make sure you are getting up every hour for 5-10 minutes. Stretch your legs, walk around the house or make a cup of tea.

Sadness

Good food has got to be one of life’s greatest joys –even just the smell of cookies or sizzling garlic can be enough to put a smile on anyone’s face. If you’re feeling sad, take an hour or two to make a recipe you’ve never tried or make some healthy snacks, such as homemade granola. If you don’t feel like cooking, we’ve heard laughing can do wonders. Watch a comedy show or play a silly game with your family such as Heads Upto get you giggling in no time.

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