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9. Looking after your mental health

In these uncertain and worrying times, looking after our mental health is more important than ever.

It is important to acknowledge that we are going to feel higher levels of stress and anxiety at a time when we are facing potential health issues, social isolation and the loss of our daily routine. These factors, along with previous history of mental health issues, may make us susceptible to poor mental health.

 

However, there are positive actions that we can take to help protect ourselves:

1. Maintain a normal daily routine, if possible. Continue to eat healthily, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep. There are lots of online workouts and yoga classes available for free on Social Media (Instagram, Facebook and YouTube).

2. Take time to relax, whether that be at home by reading a book or by getting outside for your daily exercise. HeadSpace are offering NHS staff free access to their meditation app with which includes hours of mindfulness and sleep activities.

3. Keep in touch with your friends and family by phone, video call or text. You could organise a quiz to keep everyone entertained.

4. Take regular breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories including those on social media.  Information should only be obtained from reliable and trusted sources.


5. Help others! Contact a neighbour or friend and check if they need any groceries or just a chat.

 

It is completely understandable to feel frustrated, bored or lonely during the current situation, especially as future plans may be cancelled or postponed. It is important to acknowledge how you are feeling and appreciate that your feelings may change over time. We should try to take one day at a time as with each day passing, we are one day closer to normality.

 

If you are struggling with your mental health during this time, please speak to your colleagues and friends if possible. If you wish to speak to someone anonymously, support is available through Mind (www.mind.org.uk, Tel: 0300 123 3393, Text: 86463, info@mind.org.uk) and the Samaritans (Tel: 116 123, email: jo@samaritans.org).