Here we go again! How is the reality of a second national lockdown making you feel?
I'll be honest this time I don't feel the same as I did last time, maybe it's the fact that we've done it before and got through it? Maybe it's because, for me it wasn't too bad, I would go as far as to say I enjoyed elements of it but I am all too aware that it isn't like that for everyone and Lockdown V2 could have a much bigger impact on mental health than the first time.
The Biology of fear
I spoke last time about the biology of fear, how our brains are pre-programmed to see the very worst outcome. When we see the news or (I don't recommend this) scroll through social media we are programmed to predict and focus on the worst case scenario. With a continual flow of information we have a constant worst-case scenario playing out in our minds. This takes a toll on our physical and mental health, not just today but for months and years to come.
Last time around I made this video to explain more about the biology of fear and how we need to help influence our thoughts as our thoughts and actions now impact on our daily and long term health.
We are living through scary times but for a lot of us, we can control some elements of how we get through it through our own mindset and by taking responsibility for our health.
Whilst Lockdown V2 may not feel as severe due to life carrying on as 'normal' as far as education is concerned it shouldn't be viewed as any less serious and taking action for our own physical and mental health is still crucially important, here's some links to previous blogs and information I have created on the impact of our own immunity and of course, the link with Obesity and the severity of Covid-19.
There's some PDF's to download on my Covid-19 Support page
How you adapt to this situation now, how you think, move and eat during this time will have a significant impact on both your physical and mental health for years to come.
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