Maintaining Your Mental Wellbeing During Lockdown

The general uncertainty in these current times heightens our stress and anxiety. Usually, we like to feel in control and make plans for the future but it’s impossible to plan when there are so many unknowns. We’ve never been in this situation before. We don’t know what the new ‘everyday’ will look like so it’s understandable to feel uneasy and worried. Here are a few helpful pointers for maintaining a positive outlook!

Adopt an attitude of mindfulness
Stay in the moment, if you can. You can’t control the future so don’t even try. Just focus on the here and now. If you improve your positivity, it can help boost your immune system, reduce stress and increase your energy levels. Changing the way you frame things can also help. For example, instead of viewing the situation as being ‘stuck indoors’, see it as an opportunity to finally tackle a long overdue project. There are also some great apps that can help with your mental fitness. Sign up for a free trial with Calm or Headspace, these are full of useful tips and resources on how to reduce stress, improve sleep and meditate. If you’re a business owner, the business version is also useful to help reduce stress at work and build up resilience among your teams.

Regularly get a good night’s sleep
Lack of sleep is known to be a contributing factor of poor mental health. The body’s natural rhythm needs resetting every night through a regular sleep pattern. Unsurprisingly, many people have been struggling to sleep properly since the outbreak of the pandemic. This is partly because their routine has been disrupted and their day lacks structure, so try and go to bed at your normal time and avoid naps during the day. If at all possible, try and ‘park’ your stress at bedtime and reassure yourself there’s nothing more you can do for now – tomorrow will be a new day. It’s a good idea to limit the number of news bulletins you watch and unfollow accounts or mute words on social media if you find them stressful.

Stay physically and mentally active
Try to get outside and exercise regularly. This will help you sleep better as your body will increase melatonin production and you’ll feel more tired by night. Keeping yourself mentally sharp will also help to ease your stress and boost productivity, now could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to learn a new skill. There’s a wealth of online courses at Learn Direct or Udemy, from traditional work-related subjects to topics such as reflexology, meteorology or even moon gardening!

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