Mental health is just as important as physical 12/11/2020
Mental health is just as important as your physical health, therefore we should look after it. It doesn’t have to be complicated. There are many ways we can take a minute to unwind.
Staying at home
Many of us have been spending a lot more time at home as many of our social activities have been limited. This means that our usual daily schedule has been changed and may continue to change. Create new daily routines that can help you look after yourself. Try something new that can help you feel a sense of achievement. Some examples are exercising, reading a book, colouring, listening to music, cooking healthy meals and meditating.
Try to stay connected
When we are stressed, we work better with support. Stay in touch with family and friends using different sources of communication. Make people aware of how you feel so you can get the help and support you need. You can communicate by phone, email, video chat and social media.
Claustrophobia is the fear of being enclosed in a small space and unable to escape. In severe causes it can result in panic attacks. Open the windows to let in fresh air. You can try to spend time sitting on your doorstep, balcony or in the garden. Try to regularly change which room you spend time in so you can feel a sense of variety.
It is the basic human ability to be fully aware of where we are and what we are doing without be overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Practising mindfulness can help relieve stress, improve sleep and improve mental health. There are many apps that can help you practice mindfulness such as Headspace and Calm. You can also find videos on YouTube.
You can find more information about stress and anxiety in the link below https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness/
Help is available
Many of us experience difficult feelings. The current climate can elevate these feelings. Things may feel hard right now but this situation is unusual and won’t last forever. In the meantime there are many things you can do to help yourself cope.
You can find more information about coping with mental health problems in the link below https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coping-with-mental-health-problems-during-coronavirus/#collapse73105