One of the huge benefits of working at a company like Tonic Health & Wellbeing Experts, is that we have the privilege (and vision) to work with individuals who share the same passion as we do. This means our guidance and interventions are supported by a team of specialists and experts across all pillars of wellbeing.
Today our focus is Positive Mental Health. We know how important it is to work towards maintaining a positive mental health at all times but during the Coronavirus pandemic, this focus needs to be heightened. That’s why we are delighted to share with you some top tips from our Mental Health Trainer Msc, Elaine Woodward.
Because of Coronavirus, there are many unknowns. You may be feeling more worried or unsettled by what’s going on in the world. It might feel like things are changing and there is a lot that is outside of our control. It’s natural that this uncertainty and change will affect people’s mood and mental wellbeing.
Whilst we are physically isolated, it’s more important than ever for us to feel socially connected, so try and reach out to people to talk, and try to be there to listen to others. At Tonic we’re committed to helping those who are struggling and can provide you with support and advice, whether that is via video messaging, over the phone, text messages, our website or through our brand new Tonic and Me mobile App.
Here’s our top tips to coping with stress during the Coronavirus pandemic:
Becca Clayton, Founder & Managing Director of Tonic says:
From a lifestyle and activty point of view although most people associate the key benefits of pilates as flexibility and core strength (these are absolutely important benefits), it is brillinat for reducing stress. Especially during lockdown I am religiously doing my pilates sessions. One hour, twice per week.
Pilates can decrease stress hormones (like cortisol) and increase endorphins (your body’s feel good chemicals). This gives us natural boost! It certainly makes me feel calmer and more resilient. TRY IT!
Enquire about our FREE taster sessions when you subscribe to the Tonic and Me app.
Do you find yourself spending much of your day worrying about things? Is your mind regularly filled with worrying and anxious thoughts? If so, we can help. Why not try Elaines’s six step strategy:
A regular period of 15-30 minutes each day for worrying, ideally at the same time and in the same place. We would advise not to do this prior to bed time though.
If you notice that you have started worrying at any time outside of the planned worry time, tell yourself – ‘it’s ok to have this worry, but I’m going to put off thinking about it until my worry time. I will have time to think about it later. I will be able to deal with this problem afterwards.’
You might find it helpful to carry a notebook to quickly write down the worry thought, and then close the book until worry time. Don’t be concerned if the same thought pops back up again very quickly. It is very common to experience repeated worry thoughts. Just repeat the same process – accept the thought, write it down and then postpone for later.
After noting down your worry, close the book, focus your attention back onto the present moment and concentrate on whatever activity you are carrying out. This will help to let go of the worry until worry time arrives later on.
When it comes to your planned worry time, you can look through your list of worries. Cross anything off the list that is no longer a worry for you. Allow yourself to worry for up to 30 minutes. Try to also focus on some problem-solving ideas by asking yourself – is there anything I can do to help this situation?
Don’t spend any longer than planned during worry time. Afterwards, try to move quickly onto another activity that is likely to take your mind away from your worries and lift your mood, such as exercise, listening to music or calling a friend.
Here’s a simple summary…
If you are interested in more bespoke support, we offer:
Why not download our ‘Maintaining a Positive Mental Health’ Poster and share with your employees, friends & family. REMEMBER, we are all in this together.
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