Taking Care of Your Mental Health at Home25 November 2020
This year has certainly been an unprecedented time for everyone. The effects of Covid-19 have meant huge lifestyle changes for all of us, and even after this current lockdown ends it’s likely many of us will continue to work remotely and stay home for much longer every week.
While it’s true that all of us react differently and keep positive in different ways too, we all need to take the necessary steps to look after our mental health. Especially during these incredibly different and difficult times. While having a healthy, well-balanced diet can certainly help to give your body the feels it needs to feel at it’s best, there are other things you can do to really take care of yourself mentally as well as physically.
Consider connecting more
Yes it’s true that the pandemic has made it increasingly difficult to socialise and connect with others. However, it’s important not to lose sight of how much maintaining healthy relationships with people you trust can help, when it comes to your mental wellbeing.
It’s not impossible right now to connect with people that can give you a mental boost, and make you feel uplifted. Here’s a few things you can try:
- Play games – If you live with others, why not dust off some old board games or a deck of cards? You could always arrange to have a quirky quiz with friends over zoom. You don’t have to take the competition too seriously, it can just be an excuse to reconnect, link-up and have a fun time with people that make you feel good.
- Call your colleagues – When working from home, it’s all too easy to get lost in messages, and emails etc. This can start to make you feel detached and un-connected to the rest of your office and the people you work with. It’s a good idea to call your colleagues regularly, even if it’s just for a lunchtime chat. If you’d usually go for a walk or lunch together in your break, schedule a catch up via phone or video instead.
- Keep in contact – thankfully we live in a time where we can catch up digitally so easily, whether it’s via text, zoom, social media etc there are plenty of ways to keep in touch with others, so keep taking advantage of this. Schedule regular calls with loved ones and arrange catch-ups and Whatsapp groups with people you haven’t spoken to in a while. We’re all going through this together after all.
Adapt your plans
As mentioned, the digital world means that those plans of family get-togethers, catch-ups over coffee and activities with friends don’t have to stop completely during this time. Although you can’t be together in the way you wanted to be, you’ll be able to use video in innovative ways to ensure you don’t miss those pub quizzes, catch-ups and after-work drinks. With all sorts of imaginative ways of interacting, you may even end up feeling more connected to others than before.
Make time for sleep
Maintaining a regular sleeping pattern is essential to keeping your mind healthy. Getting a good amount of soothing shut-eye is one of the key factors when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This is because during sleep our body heals and repairs itself, our hormones are better balanced, and getting enough sleep can even help us maintain a healthy weight.
We’ve got some perfect tips for you to get a good night’s sleep right here. And remember to keep good sleep practices, such as avoiding screens before bed, cutting back on caffeine and creating a restful environment.
Keeping screen time to a minimum also leads onto managing your media and information intake too. The 24/7 news and social media cycle can create a lot of anxiety, so it’s a good idea to limit the amount of time you spend keeping up with what’s going on as well. This way, you’ll certainly be able to drift off easier at night.
Ask yourself how you are
This has been an extremely challenging year for everyone, whether it’s been people working to keep vital services running or dealing with concerns about staying healthy and what might happen in the future. All of us are going through a hard time, which is why it’s fine to check up on yourself and important to take the time to talk and offload how you’re feeling, as this can really help in the long run. Focus on the things you can control, such as what you’re watching, reading and listening too, especially when it comes to getting information.
Look after your wellbeing with a routine
We all do things that make us feel anxious, and with life changing so much this year, these anxiety inducing habits will likely be exacerbated. So think about your routine, and how you can adapt and create positive new routines to shake yourself out of bad habits.
Start engaging in useful activities, such as cleaning, cooking or exercises. Take the time to do meaningful activities, like reading something new or calling a friend you haven’t caught up with for a while. Your physical health can have a big impact on how you’re feeling, so plan some exercise routines into your week, and look at what you’re eating. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise inside where possible or outside once a day.
When it comes to well-balanced, fresh and healthy meals, we can have you fully covered with our meal plans – leaving you to focus on other things.
As part of your routine, try incorporating a new hobby you can do from home, such as learning something new or simply taking time to relax indoors. A strong routine will work wonders for relaxing your mind and relieving you of anxious thoughts and feelings that can creep up on you.