Whether you’ve only experienced it for a few days, or are still navigating restrictions in your city, being in lockdown can take a toll on your body, mind and spirit. You may feel flat, exhausted or even full of energy – no matter your experience, first know that what you’re feeling is valid and it’s okay to not be okay.
At One Good* Day, we’re on a mission to see our clients get just one good day (and another good day after that). So we thought we’d share some actions and activities you might like to try to make lockdown a little easier, whether you have a psychosocial disability or not.
Start by keeping it simple
When things around you are out of your control – or perhaps everyday feels like groundhog day – it can be a lot for your mind to process. Keep things simple – let’s use the Wheel of Wellbeing that One Good* Day NDIS Recovery Coach Uani talks about as a framework for your wellbeing in lockdown.
There’s a lot of research out there that talks about the benefits of life-long learning. Sometimes getting out of bed can be a big win for your mental health, so it’s important to take things one step at a time. Commit to making your bed or even brewing a cup of your favourite tea. Then, when you feel ready to, you could try picking up a new hobby (hello sourdough bread!).
Moving your body is a key component of overall wellbeing. It doesn’t have to be anything strenuous either – going for a 30 minute walk everyday is a great way to bring in energy and get fresh air into your lungs.
This part of the Wheel of Wellbeing is about giving. Practice saying ‘thank you’ for the little things others do for you or even do a few random acts of kindness – giving to others can pull you out of your head and increase your sense of connection and belonging.
Being in lockdown, especially if you live alone, can feel isolating. Tee up a walk with a close friend, schedule a Zoom dinner or even go ‘old school’ and give your bestie a call. Don’t wait to reach out to the ones you love, they’re probably feeling similarly to you.
Nature is healing – head out on an adventure in your local area, walking through a park or two and stop to smell the roses (quite literally). Taking time to notice and practice gratitude for our environment is another way you can boost your mental health and wellbeing.
This is about the bigger picture. Taking care of Mother Earth can be as simple as riding your bike or walking to the shops instead of driving, or unplugging your phone charger to save electricity. How can you take care of the Earth in a small way today?
If you’re not coping, here’s what you can do
When lockdowns get extended or you’re uncertain about how life will be moving out of lockdown, there’s a few things you can do to self-soothe and make any transition a little easier on your mental health.
Even with tough restrictions you are likely still able to get outside. Go for a walk, run or do a little yoga – if possible, also aim to get 10-20 mins of sun on your skin, too (vitamin D is a great mood booster).
Notice your thoughts
When a negative thought pops into your head, notice it and ask yourself ‘how else could I think about my current situation?’ Are your thoughts making you feel better or worse? Is there another perspective you could consider? Instead of focusing on the restrictions and what you don’t have, could you appreciate all the things you do have?
Explore professional mental health support
If you have an NDIS plan that includes Recovery Coaching, One Good* Day can assist you to reach your goals and support you to get one good day in lockdown and beyond. And if you’re struggling, there’s support available via other organisations like Beyond Blue’s Coronavirus website and Lifeline.
Interested in Recovery Coaching?
Our team of NDIS Recovery Coaches are ready to assist you and are experts in psychosocial disability support, so contact us today to start a conversation about your mental wellbeing journey.