2021, the year it's all going to get better? (Trigger warning - anxiety/depression chat)
How's everyone doing?
Some days you can feel great, upbeat and productive. You might exercise, socialise online, make plans for when things get back to 'normal', have winter walks ahhh, aren't those days great? On the other side there are some days that are difficult, the days where lockdown seems endless and you're left alone with your thoughts, worries and anxieties.
2021, the year of hope?
Most people wrote in their Christmas cards 'here's to a better year!' or something along those lines, I'm naturally an optimist, I'm hoping when summer comes around things will get better, a lot of us are hoping the vaccine will get us back to some sort of normal but only time will tell. But bloody hell, what a start! A national lockdown, the Capitol in America was ransacked by Trump supporters!? It's only a week in! Not to be a negative Nancy but Jesus...it's not a great start.
This lockdown will inevitably have more of an effect on our mental health, the first time it was a bit novel (not to playdown the seriousness of the situation at all), everyone took it very seriously and truly believed this would be over in a couple of months, and now here we are, almost a year later. I truly believe there's a lot of positive things that have come and can come from Covid as well as the obvious negatives, the positives deserve their own blog post which will be published soon to counteract this dreary but relevant piece!
As mentioned before on the blog, exercise is INCREDIBLE for your mental wellbeing, whether that be yoga or a HIIT workout, these can get your endorphins flying, there's loads of free classes on YouTube and lots of groups to join, just ask your friends.
Meditation, there's an amazing new mini series on Netflix 'Headspace Guide to Meditation' that can really help calm you in those restless moments, each episode is only 25mins, can't sleep? Pop it on, what else is there to do! I've always been rubbish at meditation but this series really walks you through it.
Here's a copy and paste jobby of ways you can seek help, if anyone is on this blog, I would recommend sharing this section on social media, I feel like it's more relevant and needed more than ever this time round:
PLEASE TALK TO SOMEONE!
Coping with anxiety and depression with creativity
These are just a few suggestions on how you can improve your mental health in these hard times but don't put too much pressure on yourself, if you want a day out to feel these emotions you should, if you want to binge Netflix and get a fat takeaway do it! For those who are suffering more than most, please take a look at the support in red above and think about contacting a professional.
In the first lockdown friends collaborated with this brand and wrote blog posts, if you have something you want to write about, something to highlight, or want to collaborate in an artsy way or social media way WHATEVER! Please get in touch, it can really help to have a little project while having that social interaction at the same time!