Covid-19 and Mental Health

It has been over a year since the lockdown and many of us could never imagine in a million years that we would experience a pandemic in our lifetime. Alongside the many tips we have seen in media on optimising our health during the pandemic, looking after our mental health is as important as our physical health. ⁠ It has been a long year and many are frustrated. On the upside, the pandemic won’t last forever and, in the meantime, here are some tools to help keeping your spirits up.⁠

* 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝘃𝗶𝗮 𝗭𝗼𝗼𝗺⁠
Speak to your friends, watch a TV show or listen to music together, do a quiz or discuss books you have read.⁠

* 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝗮𝘀 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗮𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻⁠
Go for a walk, sit near a window where you can see the sky or trees, change rooms during the day ⁠

* 𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗺𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱⁠
Watch films, do puzzles, listen to podcasts and audiobooks⁠

* 𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝘅𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀⁠
Distract yourself with games and puzzles, do some breathing exercises. Try to not overthink and stay in the present.⁠

* 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿⁠
If you are unhappy at your current job or worried about being redundant start updating your CV, look at other jobs and speak to your boss about your fears. ⁠

* 𝗘𝘅𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗲⁠
There are plenty of apps with live workouts, YouTube channels and websites to subscribe to. Try to not drink too much alcohol and why not give up smoking! ⁠

* 𝗛𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲⁠
Don’t stay in your pyjamas just because you can. Get dressed as if you are ready for heading out for work, have a regular bedtime and go for a walk every day. ⁠

Consider therapy if you are feeling anxious and depressed everyday. Mental health care is more accessible than it has ever been and you don’t even have to leave your home to see a therapist. ⁠Our lovely and friendly recovery coach will help you to get there!⁠