Winter Lockdown: Looking After Your Mental Wellbeing

November 5, 2020

As we head into a second national lockdown in England, with winter on its way, it’s more important than ever that we’re all taking the necessary time to look after our mental wellbeing.

To help make this a little easier, we’ve put together ten top tips that may be of use when thinking about how to look after and manage your mental wellbeing over the next month.

Lighting

On dark mornings wake up gradually with increasing light. A SAD lamp or a wake up light alarm clock can help with this.

Plan Your Week

Plan activities into your week that give you pleasure and a sense of achievement.

Unplug

Limit the amount of time you spend checking the news and social media.

Keep Active

Take a break from your work and stretch your legs. Regular exercise is great for boosting your mood and reducing stress.

Stay Connected

Even though it is difficult to see friends and family, find new ways to stay connected on a regular basis.

Reconnect With Your Values

Reconnect with the things that are important to you and try to engage with them on a regular basis.

Manage Your Feelings

Identify some positive ways you can manage stress, worry, and anxiety. Or seek support to help you do this.

Ask For help

If you are struggling, ask for support. This can be from friends, family, colleagues, or via the support services available to you.

Support Others

Check-in with colleagues, friends, and loved ones regularly. Make sure they are doing are ok and they know where they can seek support from if they are struggling.

Be Kind To You

Lockdowns bring different challenges and emotions for each of us. Be kind to you – make time to look after your wellbeing.

For further information and support, visit: https://www.ghc.nhs.uk/coronavirus/

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