This writing is from My Yoga teacher, she had a bout of mental health and was in hospital she knows first hand the best way to tackle it head on! Sharing for her.
10 TEN TIPS TO STAYING SANE WRITTEN BY A MAD WOMAN!! )
If anyone is struggling with self isolation or being at home for long periods of time, I have a some tips that maybe helpful (these were my survival methods of staying upbeat & healthy during my long stays at Langley Green Mental Hospital).
1) Routine can help as it can help focus the mind and get help with the over thinking and ruminating.
2) Set your alarm quite early 7am or 8am even if you sit in bed with a cup of tea and read a book. Reading really helps stimulate the mind and stops the mind dipping into the dark thoughts of worry, stress and fear of the unknown. Pick books that you can really lose yourself in which helps fire up your natural creative imagination or find a subject that you’re really interested in. Read about your chosen subject this will occupy and nourish the brain and helps self educate. (I always choose funny books that made me laugh, books that empowered me and my chosen subject to learn about was the working of mind & the human psyche; which was quite apt when in a mental hospital) ))
2) Always shower in the morning put colourful smart clothes on, this again helps lift the mood. (I was a very snappy dressed mental patient when I was In Langley Hospital ). I would get my husband to bring all my nice clothes up and look smart everyday. I noticed a lot of the patience would shuffle around in either their Pjs, dressing gowns or tracksuits, which certain doesn’t help an already low mood. Looking smart just helped me feel normal and in control of the situation even though I knew I wasn’t.
3) Ladies even if you know your not going out put a little make up on as it can help you feel a little bit more positive about your own self image.
4) Exercise everyday 30-60 minutes, even if you don’t want to do make yourself do it. Exercise is essential for mental health it’s a natural release of feel good happy endorphins.
5) Everyday spend some time outside and look at the beauty all around you, even if just happens to be the sky.
6) Say a mantra over & over everyday, mantra literally means free the mind. This is my mantra that I said every day while in the mental hospital and for years after. I would say it over & over & over again until I grew a new brain neutron of self belief – I am full of Gods LOVE, HAPPINESS, STRENGTH, COURAGE, WISDOM & GRACE. This mantra has truly made me stronger and when ever I feel overwhelmed I just keep reciting it.
7) Learn to meditate – how ever busy the mind is, over time and with patience of sitting still and quiet you can learn to calm the mind so you become the master of your busy brains and it is possible to learn to sail your mind and direct it to other ways of thinking. Some days in my tiny little hospital bedroom with barred windows I would sit upright, close my eyes and just be still. Eventually over time I was able to stop the obsessive chitta chatter of my destructive mind and in the end my mind gave in and I found a beautiful, colourful and peaceful place that I didn’t even know existed with in my conscience and it’s accessible to everyone it just takes patience.
8) Let your creative juices flo, painting, writing, cooking, learn a language etc. Switch the dark thoughts off with a creative hobby and don’t worry if you not very good at it, far more healthy than saying I can’t be bothered or giving up.
9) Try to keep your minds calm and healthy with lots of positive stuff use these strange times to widen your mind and self educate, try not to rely on the TV to it for you, grow your mind it’s totally amazing when you do.
10) Put your favourite music on and Dance whether it’s in the kitchen, in the lounge or in the garden – just dance and sing out loud.