COVID-19: Business as (un)usual
Taking care of your mind during a difficult time
COVID-19 and its impact globally can heighten feelings of distress and anxiety in all of us. Liberis recently conducted research that found 83% of business owners suffer from anxiety and 81% from sleepless nights as a direct result of worries over raising finance, so it’s important now more than ever to take some time out to focus on your mental health and wellbeing. We have put together some tips and advice on how you can do this.
Limited your news intake and screen time
There are many sources of information to help you better understand COVID-19. However, just as valid information is presented to us, so is inaccurate information and myths. It can be a task trying to gage what is authentic information or not. Find a reputable information source, such as government bodies, to gather the information you need.
Along with this, limit the time you spend reading about COVID-19 – this can cause a great strain on your mental and physical wellbeing if you are focusing a large amount of each day on it.
Make time to unwind and relax
Find what works for you – there is a wide range of free online yoga, meditation and mindfulness support. It can also be as simple as taking an hour of escapism by reading a book, watching a movie or developing a new hobby.
Check in on your people. It’s important that we all make that extra effort to make sure people are coping in this unprecedented time. Some people may not be handling this as well as others, and it’s important to let them know you are there. Equally, if you feel that you are struggling – reach out to someone close and let them know. If you would rather talk to someone outside of your immediate circle, there is help available. Visit the NHS website for more information and contact details.
Look after your body
Boost your serotonin levels by exercising regularly – getting a daily form of exercise in your schedule can have many positive benefits. If you don’t know where to begin, take a look at NHS fitness advice. In the UK, you can go outside once a day for a walk, run or cycle – you must ensure to keep a 2m distance from anyone not within your household. Keep on track of your diet and limit alcohol intake along with your fitness regime.
If you are concerned that you or someone in your household may have COVID-19, the NHS has online advice available. If you are a small business owner and looking for guidance on financial help during this time, keep up to date with our COVID-19 Small Business Resources hub.