Top 10 ways to help with Mental Health during Lockdown
During this challenging time, we should all make sure that we are looking after our Mental Health.
Here we look at 5 things which you can do to help with keeping mentally healthy.
1. Connecting with Friends and Family
Face Timing, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, House Party. All of these are a great ways to stay in touch with your loved ones.
“Our connections to others help us feel like we belong and support our mental health, this matters now more than ever,” says Action for Happiness.
Arranging some time to sit down with a glass of wine to chat to family and friends will give you something to look forward to and make you feel less isolated. Having plans is so important for a healthy mind and the more you can schedule in the better. Don't under estimate how important a 5 minute face to face call can be.
Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal.
With the good weather which we are currently having, you should do everything you possible to get out and breathe in the fresh air!!
3. Setting yourself some goals
Action for Happiness says: “Have goals to look forward to, even if it’s a simple to do list each day, ticking off the things you have achieved will give you a boost.”
At the moment there are many people who have lost their daily structure and having some simple goals throughout the day will help with this. The goals don't have to be challenging however it will give you a sense of achievement and will give you some motivation to get up and work to these and potentially stop you from watching #TikTok all day.
4. Be honest with your feelings
#Lockdown will create many emotions and we need to be comfortable with embracing these.
Its OK to cry. During this period we will experience emotional ups and downs and it's important that we do not bottle these up and we let them out and try to share these with loved ones. It's important that we talk about how we feel. 'A problem shared is a problem halved'
We will honestly feel better once you tell someone how you feel.
5. Trying new things
During Lockdown you may have the opportunity to try new things. All of those things that you have said you would do, but never got round to them.
The guitar, that book, drawing, Espanol, blogging. Its important that you put your energy into something. Not only will this give you something to talk about it will give you a sense of achievement.
Don't put it off any longer.