How to look after your mental wellbeing
Last updated: 14 April, 2020
It’s important to look after your mental wellbeing:
to feel good in yourself and connected to others
to cope with stress in times of uncertainty
during this time of social distancing (staying away from other people)
What you need
a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone
access to wifi
pens and a notebook (optional)
During these difficult times it’s essential to treat yourself as well as possible:
make sure you’re getting enough sleep
eat a balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables and stay hydrated
try to maintain a routine of waking up, getting ready and sleeping at the same time each day
be kind to yourself – if you feel like resting, then allow yourself to do so
Exercise releases lots of endorphins and reduces anxiety. If you feel up to it you could try:
a walk around the block or to a nearby park or greenspace – as long as you stay 2 metres apart from others not within your household
an exercise app
Look at our guide on how to keep fit during lockdown for more inspiration.
3Keep a journal
Writing in a private journal every day can help you to work through your thoughts and reduce stress. Some journal ideas could be:
checking in with yourself and how you’re feeling
reflecting on what’s happened during your day
working through something that you’re going through
4Create support networks
It’s useful to have a group of family and friends that you can check in with. There are plenty of ways to stay in touch during this time:
by writing a letter to family and friends
Meditation can help you to better handle negative feelings and emotions and reduce anxiety. There are plenty of support materials out there:
Head Space is offering free meditation support during this time
Calm is offering a variety of meditations for both adults and children
The Chopra Foundation is offering free daily meditations and journal prompts for 21 days
for a group meditation you could join the Mindfulness Association Meditation
6Seek professional help
This is a very overwhelming time and sometimes we may need professional help. There are lots of resources to help, such as:
the government guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing
Mind, the mental health charity’s website, which offers information and support
phone calls with the Samaritans
online GP services, who can help you get the support you need
counsellors who are offering their services online
7Look out for others
Helping other people can give you a sense of purpose.
Look at our Coronavirus: ways you can help your community page for some ideas.
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