Times are hard, so you don't need to put added pressure on yourself
We’ve seen an enormous amount of articles recently encouraging people to set goals for themselves during the strange times of the coronavirus outbreak, some of which we’ve written ourselves. It’s true that this might be hugely beneficial for some, but we feel as though it’s important to address the mental wellbeing of people who might not be responding so well to the current overload of content of this kind.
You are not on sabbatical. You don’t need to use this time to write your magnum opus, get in the best shape of your life or master a new skill. For many people work continues as normally as possible and for key workers this time could be busier than ever before. Even if you’re in a position where you’re not working for the coming weeks or months, you don’t have to prove anything to anyone. These are strange times and it’s okay if all you do is get through them.
Exercise, work and feeling like Teacher of the Year to your children may come easily some days. On other days, Netflix, wine and a huge packet of Custard Creams are all that’s manageable. Both are normal. Both are okay.
So, there are no tips in this post. No list of jobs you need to get done or ways to keep yourself busy. Just a reminder from our team to yours that, even just by living day to day, you’re winning at this. You’re doing it.
If you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to drop us an email. You can sign up to our newsletter, The Edit, here if you want to receive a weekly dose of good news. You can also contact your local Mind branch if you need to talk to someone about your mental health during this difficult period.
We’ve got this. Look after yourselves.