Mental Health Tips During Lockdown and Beyond
Updated: Jun 15, 2021
It goes without saying that the past year has been tough on us all. If you have felt more depressed and anxious than usual, don’t beat yourself up about it! It’s perfectly normal for your mental health to suffer during a difficult time like this. Many of us have lost livelihoods, loved ones and experienced traumatic events over the past year. Even isolation itself can trigger long lasting effects of anxiety and depression. We don’t have a lot of control over what happens in the world, but we can equip ourselves with the best possible tools to keep a healthy mindset. Today's news of lockdown being extended for four weeks will hit many hard. Here are our mental health tips during lockdown and as we move beyond…
Even the most introverted of us need some social interaction to prevent mental health deterioration. Combat isolation by staying in touch with friends and family whichever way you can. Go for a walk together, call them or simply message them. You may feel like it’s not the same, quality time together you used to spend together, but it’s better than nothing and it will do wonders for your mental health.
Move your body
This is an important mental health tip during lockdown and far beyond. Even with the toughest restrictions, we were allowed to exercise outside and that is because it’s so important for our emotional and physical wellbeing. It doesn’t have to be anything strenuous, a nice walk or a jog outside works great. If you can’t get outside, look up some online exercises. There is a ton of free resources from gentle workouts to intense training sessions. Whatever your preference, getting some movement in is vital for staying sane during lockdown.
Find a purpose
Many of us turned to our hobbies for comfort during lockdown and that is actually an incredibly powerful mental health tool. Find a purpose, something that makes you happy, whether it’d be developing the best banana bread recipe, starting that project you’ve been putting off or setting yourself some fitness and lifestyle goals. This is going to give you something to focus on and take your mind off inner turmoil.
If you are struggling being kept away from the office find a way to spend time with neighbours or work colleagues and meet up for a coffee. We have some freedom to move around so make some time to do this.
Develop a routine
It’s so easy to fall out of your usual routine during lockdown, so don’t let it happen to you! Try to wake up and go to bed at the same time. Don’t forget to schedule breaks throughout your day and physically move away from your workplace to give yourself some rest. Even if you are not currently working, scheduling tasks throughout the day will keep you busy and use up some of that energy so you can. Don't be too hard on yourself if you don't achieve everything or much, set yourself small tasks and take it easy.
Get plenty of sleep
Sleep is important to help keep your brain and mental health at its best. Being in isolation in lockdown can throw off your sleep pattern, however, if you follow the above tips, you should be able to fall asleep easier. Exercise, healthy eating, having a purpose and routine will all contribute to having better sleep each night.
Reach out for help
If you have followed mental health tips during lockdown and you can still feel your mental health deteriorating, do not be afraid to reach out. Organisations like Samaritans are free to talk to if things get bad. You can also get help from your GP, who can refer to you a therapist or prescribe an appropriate treatment. Try talking to family and friends who you trust, too. You may feel isolated and lonely, but remember, you are not alone! Any concerns about your mental health are perfectly valid and can be dealt with simply by reaching out. Do not suffer in silence. Often you may not be aware how other people are struggling too and even if they aren't; they want to help.
Socially Good Hoods
We’ve designed a range of hoodies and each one has a story. That might be to remind you to look after yourself, get out in the green, boost your own mental health and to support others. We’re also proud to be donating £4 for each hoodie sale to homeless charities to help grow vital investment for these charities. The pandemic has been hard on many, with homelessness becoming a real threat, particularly since the restrictions on forced evictions have been relaxed. Read more about this here.