Minding your mental health over the coming months
For all of us, the uncertainty and constant change in our day-to-day lives is taking its toll on our mental health as the coronavirus pandemic progresses and restrictions tighten. For now, here are our top tips for staying mentally well during these unusual times:
Connect with people
Staying connected with family, friends or other support networks is really important. Plan to call people or send instant messages or texts. Set up a video call with friends or family. There are numerous free video chat services such as WhatsApp, Skype, Houseparty, Zoom and MS Teams.
Decide on a daily routine
Try to follow your ordinary routine as much as possible or a create a new one if you need a change. Think about changing the routine at the weekend to differentiate the week, particularly if you are working from home.
Try to keep active
Build physical activity into your daily routine as much as possible. From cleaning the house to trying out some simple stretching exercises on your balcony, in your garden or sitting room.
Get as much sunlight and fresh air as you can
Spend time with the windows open – enjoy the sound of the birds in our borough rather than the aeroplanes. Maybe buy some herb or plant seeds online for your windowsill.
Find ways to spend your time and build in some relaxation too!
Keep your brain occupied and challenged but also try and relax – drawing, listening to music or even try meditation.
Take care with the news and information you listen to
Limit the news and be careful what you read. Think about just looking at the news once a day and maybe not just before you go to bed.
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