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Tips for keeping well, active, entertained and good mental health during this Coronavirus pandemic and a positive boost for the rest of your life

Outdoor walks

Outdoor walks

Monday 17th March 2020, I took the decision to temporarily stop all face to face counselling and offer telephone and e-counselling only. It has taken research, discussions, a lot of communication and a trial to make sure it all works and I am capable of doing it, but it is working out well. I will be able to offer my counselling service to a wider audience, which I am sure will be helpful. At times like these, during the Coronavirus pandemic, we need to think outside the box for new solutions and new ways to live.

Although it is a worrying time, there are lots of ways to try to keep active, mentally well, entertained and in communication with friends and family even if you cannot see them in person.

I would like to share my tips, which I will update. I encourage you to share your own in the comments for others to see, so that we can learn from each other.

So far, outdoors are OK for me, so I will go for walks, tend to my pot garden, go to the RHS gardens, local gardens, beaches or drives out in the car, keeping a safe distance from everyone.

At home, there is a lot more and I personally love being at home even more than out.

  • Write a new book (I’m and author but have not written a book for a couple of years)
  • Do more on-line courses for my counselling or just for pleasure – are offering course for at least this month (March) for £29. I am just completing an Art Therapy course with them and it is extremely interesting and informative)
  • Read books
  • Do my physio exercises
  • Yoga (I have found a great 30 day programme on Amazon Prime)
  • Spring clean house
  • Clean out cupboards
  • Water change my tropical fish/clean out my hamster
  • Cooking new recipes
  • Films
  • Books
  • Telephone conversations with friends/family
  • Tending to my pot garden
  • Journal what’s going on
  • Sorting out online shopping for myself and others

Other things I have thought of or have seen are:

  • Skype with friends or family – playing games together to keep connected
  • Making videos
  • Trying art in any form you have access to
  • Practising mindfulness
  • Helping elderly or vulnerable in your area
  • If you are lonely reach out
  • Go up in the loft and have a sort out
  • Bring about memories and conversation via thought or photo albums
  • Play board games
  • Share chores and make them more fun
  • Watching fun videos (animals etc) on youtube
  • Using social media for fun (keeping away from coronavirus scare tweets)
  • Be good to each other (use this time to be less selfish and more giving)

Keeping positive…

I am very serious about the virus, and do not want to get it or spread it, but we do need to be real, keep going and have fun, so on a positive note, I hope that this experience will help us to think outside of the box when it comes to what really matters (life, health, self and relationships), to learn how to communicate together again (which has been lost lately for many reasons), how to have fun without the need for materialism, shops etc and what to do when you can’t just go to the cinema, have a coffee or go for lunch.

It is a time for us to evaluate how we live, what we do and what we really need. What are your needs and are they being met in your life as it is? Let’s make the most of this time, to reflect, check in with ourselves and make a positive affect on our futures; because surviving is living and we have a chance to re-boot our lives from now on.

Most of all, be mindful of others – the virus may not affect you badly but it could someone else if you spread it to them.

Take care of yourselves 🙂

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