‘Have an adult tantrum’: 40 tips to help your mental health during lockdown

My July 15th 2021 Blog entry from my newsletter was used as content on social media to help more people cope with Covid19. The post caught the eye of a journalist and I was interviewed for this article that was published a few days ago online at the ABC Australian News Website.
https://www.abc.net.au/everyday/things-to-do-help-mental-health-during-covid-lockdown/100388366

It is very important to do the things that help free the build up of stress and trauma in your body. Positive thinking and distraction is not enough. This is a real world wide trauma occurring and your body is reacting on a daily basis. With each restriction or lockdown the stress multiplies if it is not adequately released in an ongoing way.

Don’t wait until your body hits overload to do something about it. Do something everyday. The list in the article is a good way to keep on top of the creeping stress build up. A few people have asked me to create a pdf of this list so they can check items off. It is on my to do list.

The two core health essentials during a lockdown for your mental health.

Exercise (Movement) and Meditation (Stillness) The two core health essentials during a lockdown for your mental health. Today’s message is a simple way of maintaining a good habit for your mental health through lockdowns and other trauma effects of Covid19. Exercise and meditation go together. If you do one but not the other, you areContinue Reading

Freeing your Covid19 Lockdown Trauma

The previous post focused with a trauma lens on the effects of a lockdown to your health. It can be very traumatic. In this post we look at what to do to undo those effects, even during a lockdown. As you feel the stress in your body build, some of it can turn into aContinue Reading

Lock down #5 – Staying in Control

When a traumatic event hits – where your locus of control resides,will greatly determine if that event will have a long term affect on your health and life. Today my home state of Victoria just announced another (fifth hard sharp, five day lockdown) in Melbourne Australia. So it is important to turn the trauma lensContinue Reading

Corona Virus – Will it traumatise you?

“Research shows that whether or not a person develops PTSD has more to do with the person’s ability to cope with stress than the event itself.” Susanne Babbel, Phd – Heal the Body, Heal the Mind (2018) What the world is experiencing right now with this virus spreading is a very heavy traumatic experience forContinue Reading

Conviction and Repetition – The keys to greater health.

“There are no incurable diseases. Only incurable people.”Bernie Siegel MD. With the escalating Corona virus at the moment, this is good to remember. Dr Bernie Siegel is a surgeon who over twenty five years ago noticed how some of his patients healed in remarkable ways that were not expected. Looking at these exceptional cases heContinue Reading

Body Mindfulness – Your Everyday Active State

“Mindfulness in Action – This is something to be practiced throughout the day, rather than just for 10 minutes.” Leah Weiss – Stanford University’s Compassion Cultivation Program Mindfulness in action. This is a good term. When you do a mindfulness meditation practice regularly, eventually what begins to happen, is that the inner focus you haveContinue Reading

The big value of Stillness

“True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.” Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks (2003) Those still moments in your day are very precious. It is very important to have time in each day where you have that quiet stillness in your body and your mind. In those moments you willContinue Reading

How far ahead are you playing out your day?

On describing why he meditates, AFL Football player Zak Jones recently replied.. “I started very slow, but then it became before every game to clear my head and try not play out the game before it began. For me it was enjoying this for what it is. There’s going to be highs and lows andContinue Reading

Distraction is the way we avoid our inner Pain

“As is the case with all human behaviour, distraction is just another way our brains attempt to deal with pain. If we accept this fact, it makes sense that the only way to handle distraction is by learning to handle discomfort.” Nir Eyal, indistractable, (2019) Stopping, closing your eyes and meditating on your inner worldContinue Reading