Below are a few tips to help maintain good mental health during this difficult time. We’ve been in this position for a long time now, but we are (hopefully) nearly out the other side.
1. STAY POSITIVE WHEREVER POSSIBLE
Each day try to think of 3 positive things and/or 3 things you are grateful for
2. FOCUS ON THE THINGS YOU CAN CONTROL. FOR EXAMPLE:
Washing your hands often and thoroughly
Your home environment – make your workspace or lounge, etc. a clean and nice place to be
Keeping your distance from others wherever possible
Activities – bring out your favourite board games, grab a pack of cards or learn something new
3. LIMIT TIME SPENT USING DEVICES/ SOCIAL MEDIA
It could be very easy to spend hours scrolling through the many different articles and news sources that are regularly being updated but this can increase anxiety and confusion Take regular breaks from the media – maybe leave your phone in a different room or allocate times of the day where you are allowed to use it
Make sure you are reading only factual information, for example from the Government, WHO and NHS websites.
4. STAY CONNECTED TO LOVED ONES BY USING VIDEO CALLS AND/ OR MESSAGES
5. LOOK AFTER YOUR BODY
Exercise can be a useful tool to clear the mind, as well as to help with physical fitness – Utilise YouTube videos, and workout apps (FitOn is a very good app) to move your body.
Ensure you are eating well – getting the nutrients we need from food items such as fruit and vegetables is hugely important for our mental health, brain functioning, physical wellbeing and immune function.
6. FOR THOSE WHO ARE WORKING FROM HOME: SEPARATE WORK AND PERSONAL LIFE
Where possible, allocate a work space, such as a home office to use only for work
Only work your normal hours, for example from 9-5 then close off the workspace and try to relax
7. IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO A CLOSED OFF GARDEN (WHERE YOU WILL NOT COME INTO CLOSE CONTACT WITH OTHERS) USE IT TO GET FRESH AIR. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT IT IS BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE SPRING! THE SUN KEEPS SHINING AND THE DAYS ARE LIGHTER!
Please listen to government advice regarding Lockdown. Even if you do not have symptoms, you may carry the disease and pass it on to someone who is more vulnerable than you. Be kind to yourself and others! This is a very uncertain time for us all but we are in it together. It is okay if you are feeling anxious – allow yourself to feel that way, look after yourself and be kind to yourself.