Perhaps one of the only positives to come out of the Global Pandemic we are currently experiencing, if you can consider this one at all, is the fresh inspiration for blog posts; Advice on how to stay motivated when working from home, how to navigate working and living within the parameters of your home with your Other Half and children, movies to watch, things to do. If anything, the Blogosphere is buzzing.
I am very fortunate to work for a large company that firmly believes in flexible working, I have worked from home once a week since joining and it’s entirely possible to do my job at home, in the office or on a beach as long as I’ve got my laptop and a wifi signal.
If I wasn’t experiencing a natural anxiety around how the Coronavirus could and will affect my family, I would be totally relishing the fact that I am working from home every day for the foreseeable future. I am, by nature, a creature of comfort and as an only-child I feel I have trained my whole life for self-isolation and social distancing.
I’ve set myself up a little office in the loft room, my desk is staring out of the window over my garden and i’m far enough away in the house to not be distracted by my family. Quite frankly if I come out the other side of this virus in one piece, I will only be too sad that I have to schlepp back into the office again.
Most people have their own coping mechanisms for anxiety. I tend to find ‘top tips’ for managing such issues a bit bland and uncreative, not because you need to find creative ways to cope with your mental health difficulties but because amongst the droves of articles, there’s very rarely any different or insightful advice. I don’t need a blog post to tell me that tidying the house during quarantine is a good use of my time just the same as I don’t need a blog post to advise I try reading a book or doing a puzzle to take my mind off my anxious thoughts.
My own personal battle with anxiety at the moment is mild and constant. I know the realities of my situation and I understand what I should be doing to counteract negative thoughts but what the sensible part of my brain understands, the anxiety overrides. I have had the odd day where I’ve almost worried myself into panic but mostly it’s just been a constant state of whirring in my brain, barely coherent thought, an underlying fear that prevents me from really enjoying anything. Related to this or not, i’m also descending into laziness because if i’m not obsessively working then i’m obsessively avoiding reality by watching comforting tv shows like Big Bang Theory and the 1995 BBC drama Pride & Prejudice on repeat. You might think that, as per the advice of many a blog post, now is the perfect time to really ramp up self-care and indulgence… Well, I can barely be bothered to moisturise.
You see, I recognise these behaviours as negative results of anxiety but i’ve not mustered the energy to do anything about it just yet.
Clearly i’m in no position to advise anyone on how to get a grip during this phase of social-distancing but it is important to talk about these things. I don’t believe that everyone out there is truly embracing the influencer’s approach to positive mental health.
Sometimes self-care is making sure you brush your teeth.