Lockdown Mental health Tips

Dealing with your mental health during a pandemic

Morning lovelies, I hope you are all well in these strange times! I don’t know about you, but this lockdown has really effected my wellbeing. Therefore I have put together a post on how to deal with your mental health when in a pandemic/ lockdown. Hope you enjoy!

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Dealing with your mental health during a pandemic!

Living with mental health illnesses during a global pandemic is super tough. It can really hard and can be a massive trigger towards your mental health. Therefore I have put together a list of things that would help prevent those anxieties when living in lockdown.

Do NOT watch the news!

This is a really big one for me! Many people may disagree with me, however I feel that watching the news really scares me and makes me panic when hearing all the bad news. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is important to know what is going on in the world, however maybe only watch it every so often if you feel that it triggers your anxiety and other mental health issues!

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Don’t look at stats!

Now this tip is a bit like the one above, not focusing on how bad or good the pandemic is at that moment in time. Do you really need to know how many people who have died from Covid, or how many are suffering? Not necessarily! Start focusing on yourself and help your mental health!

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Get fresh air/ go for a walk!

This is one of my favourite tips and something I love to do, especially if you are stuck inside due to the pandemic lockdown. Even if it’s a walk around the bloc, to the local park or a big long marathon if you really wanted to! My point is, getting fresh air really helps my mental health and makes me less claustrophobic, so why don’t you give it a go?

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Contact friends and family!

I feel this one is really important when being in lockdown and when you can’t see your family that are outside of your household! Keeping in contact with your friends and family can really do good for your mental health!

Ways of keeping in contact:

  • Facetime
  • Texting
  • Zoom
  • Letters/Mail
  • Calling
  • 2 metre walk or meet up (if you can!)
  • Skype
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Keep a routine!

This one is so important, especially if you need distractions and structure. With me, I have to be doing something in order to keep my mental health on track. Even if you are isolating or in lockdown, it is still very crucial you keep some sort of a routine. This is because it enables us to feel more in control and reduces stress. It can also help us get things done, as being in lockdown has really deflated my motivation. Some of the things you can consider putting in your routine are:

  • Waking up at a certain time
  • Having a wash everyday
  • Get school work done
  • Make bed
  • Get Dressed
  • Go for a walk

There’s lots of things you can do! Why don’t you start up a routine to help yourself. Or if you have one already, what sort of things do you do?

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Self-care!

Self-care is super important and it really helps peoples mental health. Most people say they do not have time for self-care, well utilise this time of being in lockdown to take care of yourself and your wellbeing!

So having all this time being at home, what can we do?

ANYTHING! Literally anything. As long as its good for either your physical or mental health, it is a form of self-care and whatever you are doing is brilliant! Here are a few examples…

  • Having a bath
  • Going for a walk
  • Taking a break from social media/ your phone
  • Chatting to friends online
  • Eating healthy etc..

If you would like to find out more about Self-care, why it is important, and how to practice it, check out Self-care Sunday!

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Comment Below…

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and it has helped you more with your mental health during the pandemic. Please stay safe and keep on going! We have got this! My dm’s are always open if anyone needs!

Comment below, what do you do in lockdown to help your mental health?

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(33) Comments

  1. Very helpful and insightful post. I am struggling at the moment as things are very strange. Thank you for sharing x

    1. Awh I’m so sorry to hear that, I’m always here if you need a chat! Keep going! We’ve all got this together! X

  2. It’s more important than ever to care for your mental health at the minute! I also don’t watch the news as it makes me anxious and has been utilising walks as much as possible xx

    1. I totally agree with you Della! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment xx

  3. This is a great post. I try not to watch the news unless it the three week update. If my mental health gets too bad then I go for a walk/run. Thank you for sharing your tips.

    goalofhappiness.com

    1. Me too! I haven’t watched it for months months until the big one the other day and that’s about it! Thank you so much for reading and commenting xx

  4. I haven’t read the news since Feb last year. It was causing such a negative effect on my life so I eliminated it straight away and I am so glad that I did! I just follow an account on Insta which gives me the latest updates on what you can/can’t do. Keeping a routine is something that I put in place since about April when it was known that my A levels were cancelled. I wanted to keep my brain busy so I did newspaper puzzles in the morning and something more creative in the afternoons. Self-care was extremely important to me too. This is a great post for anyone who is struggling ❤

    1. Yes I totally agree with you! I tend to just ask family and friends the main rules that I must know and that’s all I do! That is a great idea and thanks so much for reading and commenting xx

  5. As soon as we started the first lockdown, in the whole house we were crazy about news and stats and quickly realised they were doing more harm than good! Going out for a walk, face-timing relatives and friends and exercising has helped a lot! Thank you for sharing x

    1. Great to hear you have found the things that work and don’t work for you! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment x

  6. Gemmaa Jayne says:

    I have a post on mental health that I have been working on and I just think it is such an important thing right now for many people, and it is something I am so passionate about. This was a brilliant post to give some guidance to those that may need it during this time xx

    1. Me too thank you so much Gemma xx

  7. This pandemic for me has been a lot harder for a lot of reasons. These tips are so helpful and really constructive! Thank you for sharing these helpful tips for others who could be struggling.

    Lauren – bournemouthgirl.com

    1. I definitely agree! I’m glad my tips have helped you!

  8. For me it was when I stopped obsessing over the stats (as I did throughout March, April and May) that I started to feel a little less panicky about the whole thing! And I try to reduce my news intake as much as possible, while still staying up to date with things!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

    1. Yes, I couldn’t agree any more to be honest! Great to hear you have managed to find what helps you and what doesn’t. Hope you are keeping safe and well.

  9. There’s some really good tips here! I’ve found limiting my news intake does really help — I always check once a day to stay informed, but I limit myself past that to avoid doom-scrolling through endless bad news and causing myself stress.

    1. Thank you Meredith! Yes I agree on that one!

  10. You are so right! I don’t watch the news ever. It just upsets me and then I can’t sleep. I don’t look at the stats either. I just do my best every day and the news and the stats aren’t going to change that. Thank you for sharing your encouraging words.

    1. Awh I totally get it, that’s the same with me! Keep on going! Xx

  11. These are all great ideas! I suffer from anxiety and one thing that has helped me is to have a virtual Happy Hour every Thursday with my college besties. We have been doing it every week since last March. I have only missed one week. All of us have benefited to much from it! 🙂

    1. Thank you! That sounds like so much fun!

  12. These are all great tips and they make sense. Watching the news can make you depressed or very anxious.

    1. Thank you!

  13. My mental health has taken a bit of a battering during these last few months and it’s so important to switch yourself off the news etc when things get all too much x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. Aw I bet! Hope you’re ok! Xx

  14. Great tips. I had to avoid the news for such a long time just so I could focus on the family and getting through. Yoga has been a great way of zoning out too

    1. Thank you hun! Me too and sounds great

  15. These last few months have been super tough… I actually feel that lockdown fatigue is really a thing now? I try and avoid the news now though, it’s just too depressing, like a never-ending horror story. But walking has been such a lifesaver, just need the weather to get better. Always love going out and about – I live in the countryside, so the quiet is a blessing really. Thank you for sharing these tips, I hope you are doing all okay as well x

    1. I feel you on this one! I totally agree with the walking statement. It may be difficult to get out for one at first, but you feel so good for it! I hope you are ok too!

  16. This is such a helpful post. I’ve struggled so much more in the latest lockdown. Going for walks and trying to keep in a routine has definitely been helping me.

    1. I bet! Thanks for commenting x

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