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Look after your mental health in lockdown

Looking After Your Mental Health In Lockdown

Monday’s announcement may have brought some much needed hope, but there’s still some time to go before we can start to feel ‘normal’.

That’s why it’s still super important to take care of your mental health during this time. Especially if you live alone or are at risk of being isolated. If you find yourself struggling during lockdown, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Many of us are struggling to maintain our mental wellbeing during the Covid-10 pandemic.

Mind charity have some helpful tips here for ways to support yourself.

Another charity working hard during this time is Age UK. They are raising awareness of the increased emotional strain that older people are under during lockdown.

We have gathered together some tips to help support you and your mental wellbeing.

Keep to a Routine

We understand this can be challenging, as a lot of your daily routines will have changed. However, it’s important to try and create a new routine that will help you feel more in control. This can be as simple as the time you get up, the time you have lunch, go in the garden and go to bed. As silly as it seems, try planning something to look forward to. You could plan to have your favourite dinner later on in the week or arrange to speak to family.

Stay Connected with People

If you are able to get out for a walk to the shops, say hello to people, little interacts can really help. Arrange a call with friends or family to catch up once a week. If you’re the friend or relative of someone who could be isolated, maybe send a card with some photos in the post to help keep them involved. Video call is also a great way to connect with people.

Limit Daily News

The news can be overwhelming. Try not to become over absorbed in everything that is happening. A weekly update is enough to keep you informed, without risking over analysing or worry. 

Stay Active

This may be tricker for some but trying to keep your body moving is proven to help give you a boost! This could be a short stroll down the street, pottering in the garden or even just around the house. Read our previous blog for exercises you can complete safely at home.

Don’t be Afraid to Seek Help

If you’re feeling anxious or are struggling with daily tasks, speak to your GP. We know this can feel daunting but it’s often the best thing you can do to start feeling better. Age UK have some helpful advice on seeking help here.