As a coach times feel different.
I never thought I’d be referencing the Kubler-Ross change model, but as a mental health first aid trainer it is something that fits today.
Eight weeks into Triathlon lockdown and if we are working towards the 30th June 2020 as our return date to sport (current Brit Tri date). We have a few weeks left to cope with.
Like you I am writing most of my plans in pencil and whilst a lot of things are outside of our control and may be causing us anxiety here are a few things we can put in place to help.
Establish a routine/ schedule
Timetable things such as
- Time to get up and go to bed
- School/ work stuff
- Social / connection
- Physical activities
- Build in mental activities
Establishing a colloboartive schedule allows the dining room table to be multi functional and accommodate everyones needs and wants; parents office, childs study area and everyones place to eat,talk and share. This plan has to work for you in your context so it may be a detailed schedule or an outline of the day.Write it down and share with members of your household to help plan everyone’s use of the day and the home.
Reasons to be cheerful
Think about what what has made you smile, laugh or feel grateful each day. You can write it down in
in a journal, put notes in a jar, chat through them with others. Studies suggest that feelings of gratitude may even possess mental and physical health benefits.
By focusing on positive things, you are building up resilience against the negative stuff.
Be kind to yourself and allow yourself a “Not OK day if you need one” . People around you can support you.
Action For Happiness charity suggests ,
“…we may benefit from giving support more than those receiving it – and we’re also more likely get support in return when we need it. This may not be like-for-like support, or even from the same person, but being kind to others builds a wider support network which increases well-being all round.
Connect with those around you, friends, family and build your communities to build your reslilince through being kind.
If you any questions or queries please get in touch via the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be delivering MHFA online courses for people working with under 18 years in the near future so please get in touch if you wish to know more or get
Places to go for more information
5 Ways to Wellbeing – www.mindkit.org.uk/5-ways-to-wellbeing/
Young Minds- www.youngminds.org.uk
Action For Happiness – www.actionforhappiness.org
Belive Perform infographics – believeperform.com
Mental Health First Aid England – mhfaengland.org