With the current COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, Governments have enforced strict ‘lockdown’ measures and social distancing in many countries.
In the UK, Government guidelines state that we must only leave our homes for necessities such as food, medical supplies/emergencies, work or one form of exercise daily.
Such measures can have a huge impact on your mental health and wellbeing, therefore it is important to take extra care of yourself during these difficult times. You may be feeling more stressed, vulnerable, bored, lonely and overwhelmed, but it is important to remember that the current situation is only temporary and that help is available!
Firstly, talk about your concerns….a problem shared, is a problem halved!
Taking some time to speak to someone you trust about your worries will certainly alleviate some of your stress. If you cannot speak to someone you know or if doing so has not helped, there are plenty of helplines you can try instead - click here for useful advice helplines.
Healthy from the inside, out!
Physical health has a huge impact on how we feel mentally, so it is more important than ever to ensure that you’re eating healthy, well-balanced meals, as well as drinking plenty of water. This leads us nicely into…
Exercise releases endorphins, our ‘happy hormones’ and can certainly help to lift your mood, as well as keeping you physically healthy.
You can leave your house, alone or with members of your household, for 1 form of exercise a day. Be sure to keep a safe 2m distance from others. If it’s a cold or unpleasant day, why not try a home workout!
Keeping in-touch with our friends and family, and maintaining healthy relationships, is also particularly important for your mental wellbeing. Try phone calls, arranging video calls (group pub quizzes are great fun!) or speaking via social media.
Finally, make sure you read ‘The Facts’ and not #FakeNews!
Our healthcare system is in desperate need of support during this time, so if you'd like to join us and help in the fight against COVID-19, please do get in touch with us today.