Once again we have found ourselves in lockdown. At the time of writing, we’re just 2 days into the 2nd lockdown that we’re told is ending in early December. 

If you’re feeling anxious, you’re not alone. This is a perfectly reasonable emotion to be feeling right now. The world has changed a lot this year and some of us have found our lives have been turned upside down. The good news is there is support out there. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Your Stress Bucket     

Let’s imagine that you have a bucket that all of your stress goes into. Every day, your bucket is filled with the normal day-to-day stressors such as money worries, work, family issues and health concerns.

It’s entirely normal for us all to feel stressed from time to time. While our bucket might get full now and again, most of us have things that help us deal with our stress such as:

  • Spending time with friends or family
  • Exercising/playing sports
  • Doing crosswords
  • Singing or dancing 
  • Gardening or painting
  • Going to the pub with your mates
  • Or anything thing else that makes your stress levels go down

As we’re in the 2nd lockdown, many of us find that we can’t do those things that would help to partially or completely empty our stress buckets. To not be able to undertake your usual activities may mean that your stress bucket is quite full. If you’re worried about Coronavirus you might find that your bucket is overflowing.

While many of us can’t lower our stress levels in the usual ways, there are some things we can do:

Talk About How You’re Feeling 

Did you know that when you talk to your friends or family about how you’re feeling you’re also helping them? This is because by explaining how you’re feeling you’re also giving them permission to talk. Talking about how you’re feeling can work wonders. As they say, a problem shared is a problem halved. 

Come Up With A Routine 

When you have a routine you know more or less what to expect every day. Having a routine, can, therefore, make you feel a little less anxious. Try to plan your day but be aware that you don’t have to plan every minute of the day. Keep yourself occupied but make sure you also do the things you enjoy.

Take Care Of Yourself 

It’s now more important than ever for you to take care of yourself. Try to eat a healthy, balanced diet while taking your medical needs into consideration. If you need to take medication regularly you might want to consider using a prescription delivery service. Your pharmacy and your doctor’s surgery will have a lot of information about these free services. 

Keep In Touch 

Keep in touch with your friends and family. When you do, you’re less likely to feel alone. You don’t have to speak to people every day. However, the occasional text, phone call or video chat can help. 

All of the above activities could help you to reduce the amount of stress in your stress bucket. The lighter your bucket is, the easier it will be to carry around with you. If your bucket is getting full. please know you’re not alone. We are here for you. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk