These are strange times and it’s something we’ve never experienced before so it’s natural to feel anxious, worried or stressed.

The thing is these feelings won’t help us deal with the situation as well as we could because we are not in our normal calm state.

Here are some tips to help you stay calm and centred during this lockdown.

Roll it out
Try using a Neal’s Yard Roller Ball on your pulse points.

Roll it on your wrist then rub your wrists together and take 3 deep breaths. You should find this helps you feel calm and relaxed.

Repeat this throughout the day as needed.

Just breathe
Simply concentrating on your breath can provide relief from anxious feelings.

Take 5 minutes to sit quietly and observe your breath. You could try taking deep inhales and exhales by counting, or use a guided meditation from YouTube or by using an app like Insight Timer.

Move and stretch
As most of us will be at home for most of the day, it’s important to keep our bodies moving.

Depending on your physical ability, this may be some gentle stretching, yoga or going outside for a walk or a run. Remember you are allowed to leave your home once a day for exercise, as long as you stay away from others.

If you’ve taken exercise classes up to this point, check if your teacher is offering virtual classes, many are, or search for one to suit you on YouTube.

Perspective
Remember that although this situation is different and difficult, it will pass.

Think of things you are going to savour when this passes.

Will you be grateful for more things? Who will you see first? What will you do?

One thing I’m going to do during this time is to paint my treatment room to freshen it up. It’s not my favourite job but I shall be very pleased when it’s done!

Use this time in lockdown to do the things that you never usually make time for. Read, draw, create things, garden, start a vegetable patch, write, learn a new skill, take an online course, sew, felt, set up a virtual book club, run a virtual quiz.

In times of adversity, there is also opportunity.

Take care and stay well.