Tips for managing your mental health during lockdown

As part of Mental Health Awareness week, we’ve teamed up with the NHS campaign Every Mind Matters. They have a team of experts on board to offer advice and tips on managing your mental health during lockdown.

For those previously struggling with mental health issues, Covid-19 has brought with it a whole host of other things to worry about. Whether you’re stressed about finances, physical health or struggling to cope without contact from friends and family, Every Mind Matters can help. Click the link below to create your own personalised mind plan.

How to manage your mental health during lockdown

With all the talk of protecting your physical health by washing your hands, practising social distancing and staying indoors, it can be easy to neglect your mental health. Scroll down for a few tips and tricks to help you cope.

Stay connected

Reach out to friends, family and colleagues for a chat. If you’re feeling down or alone, talking is the first step to turning this around. Whether you tell them about your stressful thoughts or chat about what you watched on Netflix, a conversation with someone that cares can make a huge difference.

Look after your body

Good food and exercise can have a huge impact on your mental health. It can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns, that leave you feeling even worse. Try going on a walk to clear your head and stocking up on nutritious food that you actually enjoy. Avoid using alchohol and drugs as a form of escapism from how you really feel, because those effects are only temporary and will leave you feeling worse in the long run.

Create a routine

Whether you are working from home, heading out as a key worker or not currently working, a daytime routine is crucial for managing your mental health during lockdown. Set yourself manageable goals to achieve each day, whether that is completing an essay or just cooking yourself a nice breakfast. This will give structure to your day and make life feel more normal again.

Take time for self-care

Practise self-care in the best way that works for you. Create a playlist to soothe your mind, run a bath and treat yourself to a facemask or why not try meditation?

There are things we can all do to help look after our mental wellbeing during this challenging time.

Visit the #EveryMindMatters website to get support and create your own Mind Plan today: