It’s Mental Health Awareness Week – Managing Your Wellbeing
This month is mental health awareness month and this week is mental health awareness week which runs from 18-24th May 2020. Set up by the Mental Health Foundation this year’s theme is kindness, which has been inspired by acts of kindness during the coronavirus pandemic. 63% of UK adults say that being kind to others has had a positive impact on their mental health. Follow our guide for top tips on managing your wellbeing…
Check In With Friends & Family
We’re now nearly 2 months into lockdown and social contact has been limited. Being in lockdown can feel quite isolating but don’t let that stop you connecting with others. Remember it’s important to still connect with close friends and family about how you feel and check in with them to see how they are doing too. It can feel refreshing just to chat and listen to people whilst meeting virtually and seeing their faces through a video call.
Limit Your News Intake
It can be difficult to remain positive during a pandemic when there is bad news every day. It’s important to keep up to date with what’s happening and of course keeping up with government guidelines, advice and announcements but try to limit your news intake to every few days if possible.
Stick To A Routine
With all this extra time it can be easy to fall into a new sleeping pattern of going to bed and getting up late. Try to go to sleep and wake up and eat at similar times, get showered and dressed for the day and plan how you will spend it.
Check In With Nature
If you can, go for a walk alone or with members of your household (by following government guidelines on social distancing) and see what calm local spaces you can find. You may be surprised by beautiful scenery and nature, take some photos and share them. Walking in an outdoor space is great for fresh air, your mindset, exercise and getting rid of that ‘cabin fever’ feeling. Just remember to avoid busier areas. If you can’t go for a walk right now then spend some time in your garden or balcony.
Try Something New
Use this time to explore your interests. It doesn’t matter how big or small. It can be anything from taking up exercise, learning a new skill, crafting to baking a cake. There are many online resources of how to’s and webinars. Eventbrite is great for exploring online webinars and connecting with others in an community, or you can use Youtube for how to’s and talks on your favourite topics.
We know that exercise is well known to improve mental and physical health and helps us sleep. There are many forms of exercise you can take up during this time from the comfort of your own home or outdoors. We recommend yoga, running and walking and follow government advice on social distancing. Many gyms have gone online with virtual classes or you can browse online for free classes.
Ask For Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help at any time if you’re feeling anxious or concerned. The Mental Health Foundation has combined a list of online helplines Here.