- Posted Monday November 16, 2020
As we have entered another period of lockdown, the feeling of continuing uncertainty and lack of control is as high as ever. Number of experts have raised concerns about the nations mental health as a result of COVID-19. In addition to this, the end of summertime has been associated with a range of mental health impacts such as, headaches, fatigue, stress and anxiety
We know that it can be a difficult and challenging time for most people, and we understand the importance to prioritise mental health during this time. So what can we do in the face of another lockdown? Taking proactive steps to protect our well-being is important.
Here’s what you can do to protect your mental health this winter.
- Stay in a daily routine: It is important to maintain a daily routine and prioritise to look after yourself. Whether you’re working from home or going to your practice it’s important to have a daily routine and stick to it.
- Exercise: a home workout can help you reduce stress and it can even make you sleep better. If you’re able to go for a walk or a bike ride, just keep in mind the 2-metre distance.
- Connect with friends and family: Staying connected and socialize after work is important during this time. With the help of technology such as social media or a video call you maintain a sense of normality and ease loneliness.
- Minimise watching, reading or listening to news that causes you stress. Try to watch or read the news once or twice per day while keeping in mind what type of information you consume. Get all the information and updates from reliable sources such as:
- Look after yourself: Maintaining healthy habits such as a balanced diet, 6- 8 hours of sleep a night, exercising regularly; is important to remember. And don’t forget to wash your hands with soap and water!
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