5 Tips for looking after your mental health as lock down eases
The Coronavirus pandemic has affected almost every aspect of people’s lives across the world and has forced us to radically change our behaviour and daily routines. Here at Oasis Talk we know how much this can affect your mental health, whether it be stress related to working from home or anxiety about vulnerable loved ones, and so we have compiled a list of some useful tips that can help you manage your mental health during this pandemic.
Exercise has been proven to have numerous benefits four our mental health including, but not limited to, alleviating anxiety, increasing productivity and motivation, and releasing endorphins to improve your mood. With the coronavirus pandemic having forced most of us to stay indoors it is especially important to get outside and exercise, even if its only for 10 or 15 minutes.
As lockdown eases and the world begins to return to a somewhat modicum of normality it is important to not rush back into your old routine and habits just because others are doing so, if this is something which causes you anxiety. Whilst we’re all looking forward to reconnecting with friends and family, you should remember to do this at your own pace and not feel pressured into doing things you don’t want to such as meeting friends at a pub or stopping working from home.
Stay in Contact with Friends and Family
Maintaining regular communication is so important or our mental health and just because we might not be able to see our loved ones in person, that does not mean that we can’t still maintain our social lives and communicate regularly. Take advantage of the many free services available, such as zoom, which make it easier than ever to stay in touch and communicate with our friends and family.
Meditation can be a great way to deal with stress and rejuvenate yourself so you can feel happy and confident again. Meditation helps us to learn how to deal with negative emotions by adopting a gentle and mindful approach which you can apply to all areas of your life. Oasis-Talk offers free self-help resources on mindfulness here.
Improve your Sleep
A lack of good quality sleep can have a serious negative effect on your mental health by making it more difficult to cope with your daily life as well as meaning that you have less energy to do things and see people leading to loneliness and isolation. Poor sleep means you are much more likely to experience feelings of anxiety and depression and so you should develop a good sleeping routine, ensuring that you go to bed and wake up at consistent times, and making sure to stay off your phone before you go to bed. Read more about how to get a good night’s sleep.