5 easy things to help your mental health during lockdown

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as lockdown surpasses its 100-day landmark, people across the country have been (for the most part) shielding themselves away from friends and family in order to stop the spread of coronavirus. while the obvious effects of covid and the ensuing lockdown have been apparent, the state of people’s mental health may not have been thought of as much

however, Charlie Meyler, a content executive at Embryo Digital, thinks that mental health should be focused on a lot more. as someone who has had an up and down time with his mental health during this uncertain period, he thought he would impart some advice, tips and tricks about things he has done to improve his mental health during the lockdown

5 tips and tricks

  1. get out into the big wide world – I can’t stress how important fresh air and exercise has been for me during this period. as someone who isn’t exactly a gym fanatic and would much prefer a nice pint in a pub, I’ve really been shown the benefits and importance of exercise for your mental health, during this period. I took up running again and the endorphin rush that a 3, 4 or 5k can give you is priceless. it doesn’t have to be running either a walk before or after work is a great way to refresh your mind for the day or evening ahead

     

  2. know when to shut off from work – living and working in the same space has been a big adjustment for a lot of us. it can be hard when constantly working from home, to feel like you’re ever actually apart from your job. especially if you don’t have a spare room. over this period of time, I’ve been making sure that come 5 o’clock I am shutting down my laptop and putting it in a drawer. this physical act is a great trigger for the brain. It lets it, and you, know that the working day is done and it’s time to focus on you

     

  3. be kind to yourself – it can be hard to do this, I know it is for me. but during a weird time, it’s vital you allow yourself time for you. the world will keep on revolving, the stress and pressures you put on
    yourself aren’t going to help anyone, in fact, there’s more chance it will hinder them. know when you have done enough and don’t stress about doing more, the release of pressure when you realise this is thrilling

     

  4. get creative outside of your job! – now is a great time to indulge in something you’ve always wanted to do. for me, that has been cooking! I’ve always loved food and I’ve found cooking to be a great sort of meditation. it’s active, creative and it’s not my usual job. the satisfaction of going through a process of chopping, slicing, cooking and presenting it to people is so gratifying. if you’re like me and struggle to sit with a book then cooking might be the ticket to a calmer, more balanced state of mental health


  5. check in with other friends– everyone is struggling at this time including your friends so why not check in on others? hearing how they are getting and sharing how you are can really alleviate the weight of poor mental health. saying why you feel the way you do out loud to someone can really help reduce the perceived problem/thought that you are having. and, checking in with other friends will focus your attention on them and their thoughts, it’ll get you out of your head

conclusion

I hope that you find some of these tips helpful and remember there are a load of services out there that can assist you if you need more immediate help like Mind, Samaritans, and Sane or of course, download the sidekick app here. be sure to get in touch with them if you feel you need to. in the meantime, let’s look forward to getting back to normal, being with those we love and enjoying all the things we used to take for granted when the lockdown is lifted!

to read more from Charlie, head over to Embryo

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