Moving back home isn't always easy, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. For some people, moving back in with their family can negatively impact their mental health. Whether it's because of strained relationships or adapting to living with family again after living independently, it all adds to the pressure that people are under during these difficult times.
So here are some of my own top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing when living with your family:
1. Talk about how you feel
If a family member says or does something that upsets you let them know, don’t let it fester. Or if you are feeling overwhelmed by everything going on in the world, talk to someone about it. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a family member, just someone who you can trust.
2. Express yourself
If you find it difficult to talk about the way that you’re feeling, why not express your emotions creatively? You could write about how you are feeling or channel your emotions into something creative like a piece of art.
3. Try and have your own space
Sometimes living with your family can feel crowded, that’s why it is important to have your own space. This could be your bedroom, a part of the garden, or even a walk that you take frequently.
4. Talk to your friends
You might not be seeing your friends as regularly as you were, but it’s important to stay in contact with them. Remember that they could be going through a difficult time right now as well. Try to arrange regular video or phone calls. Why not have a Zoom pub quiz or a virtual bake off?
5. Remember that this is temporary
Although it may seem like there is no end to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to remember that this situation is only temporary.
6. Remember to have some ‘me time’
It’s important to prioritise your mental and physical health right now. Try and take some time out just to focus on yourself. Why not watch your favourite film, cook your favourite meal, read a new book, practice mindfulness or start a new at-home exercise regime?
7. Make the most of it
When are we ever going to have this amount of time to spend with our families again? Even though it’s a difficult situation, try to make the most of it.
If coronavirus has negatively impacted your mental health, there are people that can help you. LJMU have support services available with resources and advice about student wellbeing.
If you need someone to talk to, please contact the Samaritans.
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