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Looking after your mental health during the second lockdown

As the Prime Minister announces a second lockdown for November, a lot of us are feeling anxious for the winter and what is to come. It’s important to take care of your mental wellbeing as well as your practical needs during these difficult times.

Here are some suggestions from Mind to help take care of your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic this winter. *

Keeping in touch.

  • The pandemic has put a strain on being able to meet up with friends, family and loved ones. If you can’t meet up with people or groups you’d like to see in person, making plans to video chat instead can be a great way to set a routine and keep up social interactions. Group activities via zoom such as quizzes or charades can help keep things enjoyable and different
  • If you are experiencing low moods around coronavirus, it may help to talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling so that they can offer support

Look after your physical health.

  • Keep hydrated, especially if your routine will be affected by the lockdown. Setting alarms or using an app to track your water intake can help remind you to keep your hydration levels up
  • Getting enough sleep and eating a well-balanced diet are important factors in maintaining stable mood and energy levels
  • Building physical activities into your routine such as cleaning, walking the dog, dancing to music or taking a ten-minute brisk walk can all raise mood boosting endorphins and help with focus

 Keeping occupied

When we’re feeling low it can be difficult to connect with others or do the things you usually enjoy. Setting realistic goals and working on making time for yourself can really help.

  • Cooking yourself a meal or baking can make you feel proud of yourself and boost your confidence
  • Find ways to be creative such as sewing, DIY, playing an instrument or practice writing or meditation to help feel accomplishment
  • Keep your mind stimulated with books, podcast, films or puzzles

The Eaves is remaining open during the second lockdown for both face to face and remote sessions. We have a variety of trained professionals, counsellors, psychologists and psychotherapists in Guildford, Godalming and Farnham to provide support for all ages.

If you are looking for help during the lockdown please contact the referrals team on 01483 917000 who will be happy to help source a suitable therapist for you.

* https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#collapse4255b