So, here we are again.
Is life feeling a little bit like groundhog day?
Are you dragging yourself out of bed, bleary eyed and exhausted even though you went to bed early?
Is your brain saying "just hit snooze one more time?"
Sound familiar? I think we are all feeling a bit like this at the moment, even cheery look on the bright side me, things are tough right now, we feel like we've gone backwards rather than forwards. All the new year hype has been forgotten and things are screaming negativity.
So what can we do?
The bottom line is we can do absolutely nothing about the current situation.
Anything that happens in regards to lockdown, schools, businesses, travel, having plans scuppered and being told to stay at home are all way way way out of our control.
So what could we do?
We could watch every news programme, keep the news channel on all day on a loop, listen over and over again about the restrictions, the vaccine, the spread of the virus, the new cases, the daily new cases, the old cases, the R rate, the tiers and what the government and scientific people say will happen next but ultimately we have no control over this.
Listening to it, reading about it, worrying about it excessively wont change what is happening in regards to this situation but what it will do is change how you react to it.
Every negative thought we have is converted into anxiety - when we think negative thoughts we increase our level of stress and anxiety which in turn leads us to live in our primitive survival minds more and more.
So listening to or reading about negative, stressful and worrying situations all lead to us thinking about them which in turn leads to us being more anxious, angry or depressed.
So what could be a better way to approach this?
Acceptance, we all need to accept that this is how things are, we can not change a global situation and once we realise this we will start to feel more in control of what is happening.
Once we regain some control over our thinking we can start to make rational decisions based on a proper assessment of the situation.
We can ask ourselves questions such as:
Do I need to watch the news all day? what am I learning from this? and more importantly what is my brain taking from this?
Could I limit my news intake to a certain time period?
Do I need to engage in debates online around the wearing of masks? or remember that I can only control my thoughts and actions, other people, rightly or wrongly are entitled to their opinion.
Do I need to know everything there is to possibly to know about the situation from every other persons perspective? Or should I chose a few places to keep up to date with situation?
Should I allow this negativity to control my day? Could I try to see the positives even if its difficult?
Should I neglect my self care as I'm not going to see people? OR Could I get dressed and ready everyday as it makes me feel better?
Should I sit around all day watching TV or could I get out for a walk, feel the cold crisp air on my face and smile at people as they walk past?
Its very easy to become overwhelmed with the situation and lose sense of hope, we will all have days when we feel like we just cant be bothered, we cant see the point or we want to hide under the duvet, remember this is normal, everyone is feeling a little bit out of sorts BUT these are the days we need to dig deep, find our inner strength, channel the inner warrior and tell yourself you wont be beaten by this.
Choose one thing everyday for you, it might be a walk, it might be to read a book, it might be to have a long soak in a hot bath, find at least one thing to look after yourself, self care is a necessity during these times, something that is not related to COVID or the associated stresses that go with it.
Be kind to yourself, give yourself a break, if you lessen the negativity around you then things will look brighter.
Remember we are all in the same boat, we are all facing the same situation and we can all get through this.