Looking after your mental health can be hard in the day-to-day busyness that life throws at us. However, looking after your mental health during lockdown is especially difficult.
The wedding industry has suffered as a consequence of the pandemic and it can definitely feel like you’ve been left behind and forgotten about, like your business doesn’t matter.
On days when you feel like this, it’s even more important to prioritise your mental health, to help you see the good in every day and appreciate those little moments that you might otherwise miss.
Hopefully this article will help you feel a little better about the current situation and help you look after your mental wellbeing a little more.
Here are a few tips to help look after your mental health during lockdown.
Talk to someone
We don’t necessarily mean a therapist or GP, but try and speak to other wedding suppliers in a similar situation to you. If you both have kids at home and are still trying to get stationery orders out, sometimes it helps to vent to someone else who’s having the same problems. A problem shared is a problem halved remember. It’ll also help you feel less isolated if you feel you have someone you can talk to on those hard days.
Go for a walk
Many suppliers in the wedding industry work from home, so when you’re stuck at home all day with nowhere to go, make use of the ‘go out once for exercise’ rule. Whether you prefer a morning walk before delving into your emails, or a walk halfway through your day to break it up a bit, getting out in nature really does help. Make a plan to go for at least a 10 minute walk every day; just moving your body a little will release endorphins (feel good hormones), which could help bring you out of a sad mood.
Beware of Social Media
Take social media with a pinch of salt during lockdown. Remember anyone can post anything and it can make you feel low, especially if you start comparing yourself to others. If you’re not finding being on social media is helping you, take a break for a few days. It can be hard when you have a business online, but as long as you have posts scheduled, you can still be online without ‘being online’ if that makes sense. Social Media is a known cause for low mood during lockdown because everyone is looking at what everyone else is doing and feeling ‘less than’. Social Media is a highlight reel most of the time; remember that.
Keep a Routine
This is really important. Try and wake up at the same time each day, get dressed, make coffee, have breakfast and try and keep a routine. Right now, we as a society don’t know what’s happening from one day to the next with the pandemic, even with the new proposed roadmap we have. So keeping a routine with things you can control is a great booster for mental health.
Celebrate the Small Wins
Be sure to do this every single day, even when you feel like nothing is going right. Got an enquiry from a couple? Brilliant! Managed to clean up your email inbox? Hurray! Got the kids to sit and work quietly for an hour while you catch up on work admin? Fantastic! Celebrate even the tiny things that can be extremely hard during lockdown. Even getting out of bed and getting dressed should be celebrated. Celebrate every little positive moment, no matter how small.
3 Good Things/ Journalling
We’ve practiced this for a number of years and it works wonders. It’s up to you what time of day you do it, but we prefer to do it just before bed, because it helps clear the mind. Get a notebook and write the date, along with 3 good things that happened that day. Similar to the above tip but it’s being more reflective of how the day’s gone and helps maintain a positive mindset.
Make Self-Care a priority
Self-care is the latest buzz word, but it’s not just putting on a face mask and having a bath, though that’s nice and important too. Self-care is things like, getting enough sleep, exercise, pamper yourself and eat healthy foods that nourish you. Taking time for you is important because if you’re not healthy, you can’t look after others in your family or run your business effectively.
Create a Bedtime Routine
Many of us nowadays work all hours in this industry and that can often mean working into the early hours. Sometimes this just can’t be avoided, especially if you’ve spent all day juggling home schooling kids, looking after elderly family members, cooking, cleaning and everything else that seems to demand your attention all at once. However, having a welcoming space where you sleep is just as important as all those jobs. Create a bedtime routine, so when it’s time to go to sleep, your body is ready and it’s not as difficult. Evening stretches can help relax the body, along with mindful breathing to relax the mind and journalling all help prepare you for sleep. Throw in a hot bath, a hot drink, maybe a book and you should be in relaxation mode, ready for sleep.
Learn a new skill/build your business knowledge
Lockdown is the perfect time to learn something new. If you’ve been meaning to finally figure out social media marketing, now’s the perfect time to start. Or it could be totally unrelated to business and maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, or knit. These new skills can turn into hobbies that help give you a break from those never-ending admin jobs.
These tips may seem really obvious and like you’ve heard them all before, but if you’re not doing them or making the effort, then just reading this article won’t magically improve your mental health. Try some of these tips out and let us know by emailing us how you’re feeling.