The 5 C's of Mental Health During Shelter in Place

Welcome back to The Springstone Scoop! Happy New Year, we hope you all had a fantastic, relaxing break, and holiday season! We are happy to be back in classes and seeing our student’s faces, it’s been great reconnecting!

As we continue to wind our way through another shelter in place mandate, national turmoil, and all the anxiety that can come with the current state of our world- We thought it may be helpful to take a look at the 5 C’s for our Mental Health in Lockdown. This was published by the BBC by Dr. Radha Modgil and the link to the full video here.

Control: Work out what you are in control of and what you are not in control of; by reminding yourself of things you are in control of, you are being proactive and working the part of the brain that gives comfort. Some things you are in control of are social distancing, respecting stay at home orders, attending online classes, completing classwork/homework. Then, make a list of things you are not in control of and when one of those things comes into your head, recognize it as something you cannot control and try to let go of it to maintain your emotional energy.

Care: Self-Care continues to be the best way to maintain our mental health. This includes making sure you are getting up at the same time each day, taking care of our health and hygiene by eating healthy, changing our clothes, maintaining a sleep schedule and getting ready for the day. It should also include some (safe) activity and movement throughout the day to help our mental and emotional well being.

Continuity: In the ever changing word where many things feel out of control, it can be beneficial to watch or engage with television shows, movies, programs, books, radio/podcasts that you have familiarity with already. It can lessen the anxiety and connects to us to a sense of normality.

Creativity: Even though we may be feeling down right now, increasing our creative hobbies can be really beneficial to keep your mind busy and take away from the anxiety. It can be painting or drawing, or building. The only limit is your own mind!

And lastly,

Compassion: The most important C of the list! This looks like kindness to yourself; if you are having a difficult day and asking for support from a trusted individual, but also looking at being kind to others who may be struggling with things we don’t see behind the scenes. We don’t know what others are going through and it is important to remind ourselves of that before we write off an interaction or exchange because it didn’t go well. Walk away, and try again tomorrow with kindness.

We are here to help process and support each of you as we all continue to navigate our new normal. Please reach out if you need anything.

Our next COVID Connections meeting is on Tuesday, November 12th at 4 p.m. We have already sent out the link to the google form for any questions you may have so please take a moment to submit any questions there should you have a need. Zoom link will be emailed Monday and it will be recorded if you cannot attend. Please stay safe and healthy! We wish you the best!