Be kind to yourself…
Remember, we have all found ourselves in an unprecedented situation. It’s tempting to set yourself ambitious targets like painting the bathroom or clearing out the garden shed, but be realistic about what you can achieve. Sometimes it’s better for your mental health to simply take a break. Sit down and read a book with a cup of tea, or take time to just ‘be’.
… and be kind to others
A recent study from Yale School of Medicine found that people who perform acts of kindness are less stressed and have a more positive outlook. During the pandemic we’ve seen so many examples of kindness, from people picking up shopping for elderly neighbours to sewing enthusiasts stitching masks for key workers. More than ever, charities need our support: why not buy a copy of the Big Issue next time you pop into your local McColl’s, or donate to our campaign to build new accommodation at Great Ormond Street Hospital? You’ll leave the store with a warm glow.
Become a regular
We feel good when we connect with each other. Video and phone calls are vital to keep us in touch with family and friends when we need to stay at home. You could dial a pal you haven’t contacted in a while, just for a friendly hello. Another way of connecting is by becoming a regular at your local shop – popping into McColl’s every day for a mood-boosting snack or magazine will give you five minutes of connection time, plus something to look forward to when you get home.
Avoid rolling news
Online news can induce panic at the best of times, but constantly clicking for updates during a pandemic is a recipe for anxiety. Try switching off the updates on your phone and take a break from TV news bulletins. Instead, you could go old school and give yourself a set time every day to read a newspaper. That way, you’ll give yourself the space to digest what’s going on in the world. McColl’s newspaper delivery service has seen a huge rise in popularity since the start of lockdown – why not set one up for your household?
Try something new
Stay active, not just physically, but mentally, too: watch a game show and join in, do puzzles and jigsaws. The only rule is that you must enjoy it! Or try your hand at cooking or baking – you’ll find some simple, great value and delicious recipes from Jack Monroe and Miguel Barclay on our blog.