During the Covid-19 pandemic there have been some significant changes to our working and personal lives which may have impacted on our mental health, regardless of where we are in that very personal journey to positive mental wellbeing.
If you are struggling right now, you may be finding it difficult to get support and finding it difficult to cope. But, if you have identified that this is an issue, then early recognition is a step in the right direction to getting the support you need and understanding some practical ways of coping.
Here, I share my top 5 tips to looking after your mental health and taking those initial first steps to starting to feel ok.
The basics and your routine
If you can keep your existing routine, that is brilliant! If not, explore another routine that may work for you.
The basics, such as sleep, food and exercise are all important and if that is all that you can bring yourself to do right now, then you have the fundamental building blocks that are key to maintaining positive mental health.
Were you receiving support before the pandemic and is this something that is still in place? If things have changed in the way appointments are managed or contact is made, ensure you have the details of this to build into your support plan and routines.
If you need additional emotional support can you speak with friends and/or family or maybe join some support groups online?
Limit your exposure to the news
Every time you turn on the news at the moment you will undoubtedly see information on the coronavirus and this doesn’t get much better on the social media channels either.
If this is difficult to control, the best thing that you can do is to turn off the news and/or change your social media settings to limit posts from those people who’s posts may impact on you negatively and focus on something you may enjoy, such as reading.
If you aren’t shielding due to coronavirus, why not help out in your local community? There will be people unable to leave their homes and walk their dogs or go shopping and research shows that volunteering is great for improving our mental health.
Live in the moment
If you can, and it is easier said than done, try and live in the moment. Take everyday one day at a time and try not to worry about what may or may not happen in the future.
If you think it might help, promise yourself that you will limit any overthinking and worrying to 30 minutes per day to ‘get it out of your system’ and then move on with your day.
If you need to talk confidentially to someone then you call reach the Samaritans on 116 123 day or night.