Thursday 14th Jan 2021
The emotional impact of the recent lockdown has affected many, with the cold weather and decreased sunlight it can seem harder to keep our spirits up. Therefore we have put together some top tips on how to look after your mental health during the winter lockdown.
The release of chemicals such an endorphins when we exercise helps to reduce levels of stress and anxiety. Therefore, try to fit in 30 minutes of physical activity a day, whether that be a brisk walk outside or a home workout.
Maintain a routine
A consistent routine can help you stay motivated and focused. Be sure to schedule in time for activities you enjoy
Try something new
Attempting a new skill can help occupy the mind, this could be learning to play a new instrument, learning to cook or even studying a new language.
Through digital technology it is now easier than ever to stay connected to our friends and family. Whether through video calls or social media, try to keep in touch on a regular basis.
During the uncertain times we find ourselves in, it can be beneficial to develop new coping strategies. From meditation to journaling, there are various activities that can help reduce stress.
Sustain a work/life balance
When working from home, we can tend to find ourselves struggling to separate from work; checking emails after hours or working late. To avoid this, ensure you have set work hours and stick to them.
Acquire the facts
Due to the vast amount of media outlets, including social media, there is often rumours circulating from unreliable sources, leading to increased anxiety. It is therefore important that you acquire your information from credible sources such as Gov.uk.
If you find yourself struggling, reach out for support. This can be to a friend, member of family, doctor or a mental health charity. Don’t suffer alone.
Need help, or simply someone to talk to?
Call the Samaritans free of charge on 116 123, available 24/7