8 Ways to Improve Mental Health Post Lockdown
There is no doubt that the pandemic, coupled with lockdown restrictions, affected the mental health of a great majority of the population. As restrictions are now easing, we need to ensure that we take care of our mental health to ensure that we are prepared for this next phase with a sound body and mind.
- Speak to your GP - You may have experienced a loss of a loved one due to the virus, and may be feeling depressed. Many have also experienced domestic abuse, or partook in unhealthy habits such as drinking. It is best to visit your doctor and receive medical advice. You can also request counselling or bereavement support. Additionally, if you find yourself depressed or anxious, you can also seek the appropriate treatment.
- Exercise- Now that the weather is also warming up, do take advantage of the opportunity to have a leisurely walk or jog in one of your local green spaces. Studies have shown that fresh air in natural settings can uplift your mood. Group exercise classes in gyms or sports outdoors have also restarted so if you need extra motivation, or a bit of company, these would also be a great activity to do.
- Meet friends and family - Now that you can meet up with a certain number of people, take the opportunity to reconnect with your loved ones. Be also mindful of any toxic relations which affect your mental health and try to minimize unnecessary contact with people who affect your wellbeing.
- Maintain Your Routine - To avoid unnecessary stress and anxiety, try and maintain a predictable routine. As any sudden additional activities or plans can cause you to get overwhelmed. Have a daily checklist to help you stay on top of things.
- Plan Ahead - While in Lockdown, we did not have the extra events to go to or meetups with friends. The sudden additional social engagements can cause you to get overwhelmed and experience social anxiety.
- Self-Care - Having free time does not mean you are “available.” Don’t put yourself in uncomfortable situations. Put yourself first, and include some “me time” tasks on your daily checklist which are for your own wellbeing, whether it is time for a bath, your favourite TV programme, or going to the shops for new skincare products.
- Let go - Many times we bottle things up inside whether it is our true feelings, or anger towards another person. There are many things that are not in our control. There is no reason to get worked up about anything from the past. Always focus on your goals and what is in your control.
- Plan for the Future - Whether it is to work towards a degree, or a particular job, or whether you want to learn a new skill, always have something that you want to learn and become better at. Many times, if we are bored and feeling useless, we can fall into unhealthy habits which can quickly add to depression. If we are active, with our minds and bodies, we can improve our mental health and also lead a productive life.
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