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!
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!
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!
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?
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:
- 2 metre walk or meet up (if you can!)
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?
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!
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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