With Coronavirus still in our lives and lockdowns in effect in many parts of the world, looking after not only our physical but also our mental health seems now more important than ever. As many mental health experts suggest, building resilience, an ability most useful especially in times of anxiety and uncertainty is crucial. There are many ways to do so, so let's get to it right away by looking into some practical tips:
Make good use of social media, phone calls and of course, video calls. You may not be able to be physically close to with your loved ones, your relatives, your colleagues, your friends, but technology allows you to connect in so many other ways. Remember that we live in an extreme situation, and that this is for your own protection and for the protection of others. And when you go to the supermarket or the drugstore remember to chat a little bit with the people behind the counter. As human beings, communication is all we've got, especially at hard times.
Whenever you can, try to get out of the house, even for a quick stroll round the block, since during most lockdowns you are allowed to leave your house for daily exercise. A change of scenery and some fresh air is always a good idea. Don't stay with your pj's all day long, even if it seems comfy. It would be good to see other people too, even from a distance. Walking, running, cycling - you name it. Also, do not forget to relax. Stress and agony never helped anyone. You could take a long bubblebath, listen to your favourite music, breathe in-breathe out. If you think it will help you relax, try it out. Learn a new language, watch a doumentary, or try a virtual tour of the Athenian Acropolis; watch something beautiful, learn something new, and de-stress.
The current situation is something our generation has never encountered before. But we are coping, or at least we are learning how to get through it. Since March we slowly but steadily learn how to cope and adapt, because humans are naturally resilient and adaptive beings. There are things happening in this world that are beyond our control. Therefore it would be a good idea to accept that fact of life, and practice acceptance and compassion. Give yourself some credit for how well you have coped so far, remember difficult experiences of the past and think of how you were able to get through them; well done, keep up the good work! It may sound like a pat on the shoulder but 'this too shall pass'.
So far you have dealt with some demanding things in your life, and right now you are coping with a global pandemic. It is a new, challenging and unprecedented situation. It is ok to feel anxious or perhaps even desperate at times. It is normal and even healthy not to feel well all the time. Talk to your family, or the people in your life who care for you. Caring is sharing. Share your feelings, share your experiences, your thoughts. Support yourself first in order to be able to support others. We are people with feelings, not machines, and we are under a lot of pressure, so go easy on yourself, it is absolutely essential sometimes.
Right now humanity is going through quite challenging times. A worldwide pandemic is no picnic exactly and some days can be quite difficult and stressful. There are support lines and you can talk to people who are there to help you. Mental health experts, psychologists, therapists, or even your GP could listen to you and provide professional support. Don't hesitate, if you are feeling overwhelmed. We are capable of great things but sometimes we have to take it one step at a time. Don't deprive yourself of the right to feel worn out with what is currently going on in the world. After all, we are only humans, right?
Be well - stay safe - wear your mask, and remember; Christmas is coming, and even a pandemic can not cancel it!
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Vicki B | May 22 | Acropolis & Museum Tour
Great pace and level of details WITHOUT going to deep yet, she answered every question wth great knowledge and passion!!
GrandTour398142 | May 22 | Private Acropolis Tour
An excellent 3 hour guided tour with an extremely knowledgeable archaeologist guide. Just the tight amount of time to tour the Acropolis site and the highlights of the outstanding Parthenon Museum.
Jan A | July 22 | Acropolis & Acropolis Museum
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CMS | July 22 | Athens Cooking Lesson
Excellent walking tour of the Acropolis. Our guide Angela was informative, kind and friendly. The pace was perfect, and good to avoid the queues!
Prakash | July 22 | Acropolis Tour
Amazing experience! Ah, and yummy!Wow! How do I start? Well, this was an amazing experience to star our visit to Athens, it was like cooking the Thanksgiving dinner with your family, thanks to the instructor Sophia....
LisetteDeAbreu | July 22 | Athens Cooking Lesson
Great day outIt was a fascinating and fun tour of the Acropolis with our excellent guide & insider Charoula;
Jasper | June 22 | Acropolis & Food Tastings
Great tour to start visit Athens We started our stay and visit to Athens by going on this guided tour, and it was a very good decision!
Beatriz C | June 22 | Acropolis Tour
A must do! A fabulous opportunity to explore and taste the Greek cuisine off the beaten path.
Stephanie C | June 22 | Athens Food Tour
Fantastic Foodie Tour We learnt so much about Greek food and customs and visited locations we would never have found on our own.
Kathy C | June 22 | Athens Food Tour
4 hours Of History and joy Tour guide Fotini really made the day, enjoyed every minute of the tour.
Amy E | June 22 | Acropolis with Food Tasting
Inspiring and unforgettable ... It's 40 years since I was last there, I now have a much greater appreciation of the history of this architectural marvel.
Padraic Timlin | June 22 | Acropolis Tour
Outstanding tour! The length of this tour was just right with the perfect amount of walking and interesting sites.
KateFlorida1 | May 22 | Acropolis & City Tour
An immersive, emotional and fun experience into the heart of Athens and its people This was exactly the type of tour I was craving for and there couldn't have been a better match than Sofia to host such tour.
Niccolò | May 22 | Athens Street Culture
Great tour with Annie We had a small group and she took the time to explain all the meaningful sites in the Agora.
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