It is safe to say that most of us understand the reasons for this lockdown but it has been acknowledged that is could also have had a detrimental impact on our mental health. Over the last couple of months there has been a lot of news about this, and even the World Health Organisation has released a guide for people who are self-isolating saying “This time of crisis is generating stress in the population.”
In our latest blog we are looking at why staying mentally well during this global pandemic is vitally important.
In the following piece we are looking at some of the suggestions that have been made to ensure you safeguard your emotional and mental well-being throughout this extended period of isolation.
The first key suggestion that has been made is about micro-lifts. A micro-lift is a small activity that we used to undertake that brightened up our day. It may be your usual visit to your favourite coffee shop or stopping to speak to a friend in the street, both of which are not entirely possible during this lockdown.
A leading BUPA counselling psychologist Dr Lucy Acheson said “When you’re alone at home that doesn’t happen – and the cumulative effect of that is massive, especially around the two-week mark. So instead we need to create micro-lifts, it has to be something that generates a sense of achievement. That might be a new exercise, learning a little bit of a language, talking to someone on FaceTime or joining a book group online.”
Engaging with Nature is one of the next suggestions. Head of Information at Mind, says you should try and get exposure to the outside world. And exercise as much as possible with the limits”.
It was suggested that even looking out of the window to observe nature can help to keep you Staying Mentally Well During this Global Pandemic. Opening the window to let fresh air into the room can help our well-being.
Maintaining a sense of routine was the next key point. We did touch upon in this in an earlier blog post. Getting up and dressed can help. Finding yourself still in your pyjamas at 3pm, still having not brushed your teeth can have a negative impact on your mental well-being.
The WHO (World Health Organisation) also recommends maintaining your social networks as best as you can throughout the period. “Even when isolated, try as much as possible to keep your personal daily routines or create new routines. If health authorities have recommended limiting your physical social contact to contain the outbreak, you can stay connected via email, social media, video conference and telephone.”
One of the biggest points of all the advice and suggestions was to avoid too much news. As we all know, the news is generally not always the most positive of resources. It can focus on the negative and cause your mind to think in a downward spiral.
Most of all is to keep in mind that this period will pass. Life will be tough for a while yet, but we will come out of this and life will return to some form of normality.
If you need to speak to someone about your worries or Coronanxiety, as it’s being called, then get in touch with any of the following organisations:
There are also a number of resources available from the Mental Health Foundation.