During these current times, there is a lot of uncertainty, and for some, a heightened level of anxiety or fear. We’ve all been touched in some way by COVID-19, whether that be by avidly following the news, difficulty in getting common household products, working from home, home schooling children or significant financial changes. It is very common, and even normal, to feel anxiety in these stressful times.

Fortunately, there are so many things we can do, even during isolation or social distancing, that can help reduce our anxiety and improve our sense of well-being. In order to support our students and wider community we will be posting regular tips, videos and links on our facebook page and website to help reduce the level of anxiety so many of us are currently experiencing.

Some may work for you and some may not, not everything works for everyone! Hopefully, over the days and weeks to come you will find something that you like and that works for you. We are all in this together and together we can pull though this with kindness and community support. If you have any ideas of something you would like to know more about, please let us know so we can make this as inclusive and effective as possible. Looking forward to hearing from you and working together.

Tip 1: Mindfulness in the shower (from Anna)

Mindfulness is all about being in the moment, being present rather than locked in a mind that is swirling around like crazy as it can do when we are anxious or upset. There are so many different ways to do this and the following one is simple yet effective and can be practiced every time you step into the shower! This also happens to be one of my personal favourites, only needs a few minutes at a time and leaves me feeling relaxed and calmer.

You can choose to start the practice at any point during your shower and only need to continue for 2-3 minutes; slow your breathing and focus your attention on what you can feel, what you can see, what you can smell, what you can taste and what you can touch. Every time your mind wanders, gently pull it back.

This one is a great starting point if you haven’t tried mindfulness before as there are so many sensations making it easier to focus on something outside of a swirling brain. As with everything, this is a practice so the more you do it the better at it you will get, and the bigger the rewards! Rewards such as feeling calmer, more relaxed and less anxiety. Bonus, bonus, bonus!

More tips coming soon!