It's Mental Health Awareness Week this week and in these times of lock down and limitations it's important to look after not only your physical health but your mental health too.
Corona virus has affected all aspects of our lives and the constant news about the pandemic can feel never-ending.
It's easy for those who are managing OK to overlook that there are those who are struggling. And let's be honest we've all struggled at one time an another. I know I have.
Looking after yourself is important and these few things may help if you're struggling. Remember. It's OK not to be OK.
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It's easy to slip into the habit of sleeping late, spending all day in your pyjamas and eating junk food, but looking after yourself is essential for your mental health. Even simple tasks such as washing your face can feel difficult sometimes, but they can make a big difference to the way you feel.
Exercise if you can
Getting moving is easier said than done when you feel low or anxious, but it can significantly boost your mood. If you are well enough, exercise is really good for mental as well as physical well-being. Find music that helps boost your mood. If you are able, get into your garden and get daily doses of sunshine.
Set up buddy groups
Set up a "buddy group" with family or friends and regularly check in with people, either online or by phone. That way, you can offer support to anyone struggling or reach out to others if you need to. Even just sending daily updates can help us feel more connected and less alone during these difficult times.
Writing down your thoughts and feelings can help offload any worries and fears you may have. It's also important to try to keep busy, whether that means going for a daily walk or learning a new skill. There are still plenty of activities you can engage with at home, including crafts, painting, reading, cooking and baking.
Be kind to yourself
If you don't feel up to doing anything, though, that's fine too. It's important to be kind to yourself and recognise when you need a break. Try to relax and focus on positive things, knowing that every effort is being made globally to bring this situation to a close, but it will take time.