Lockdown has definitely been a testing time for us all, in so many different ways.

Whether you’ve been working or not it’s important to take some time out to yourself and make sure that you’re looking after your mental health, which can be so much more difficult during lockdown!

Time out

The easiest thing to do at the moment is to take some time out, it’s important to stop doing things, whether that’s cleaning or cooking or working. Not for ever of course! But take some time to yourself to really review what’s going on and think about how you’re feeling and dealing with it all. It’s easy to just keep going and to fill any worries you might have with something productive but make sure you take time out to really see yourself and your needs.

Don’t forget to talk!

Last year a lot of our mental health focus in Geldards was around Time to Talk, and that’s all the more important during this time. You might not be in the same situation as anyone you know, there are so many variables during this lockdown time that it’s hard to match up wth peoples experiences. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t help each other! Communication is so important, whether that’s in work with your team and your manager, or at home with friends or family.

Taking that time to have a catch up with someone, even if you don’t feel like you need it you never know what other people are going through, you may be able to help without even realising! It’s easy to feel locked out of things, with summer coming and going and stopping us from doing whatever was planned it can be difficult. So make sure to talk about it with someone, it’s amazing how easy it is to see the positive side when you hear someone repeating your problems.

Fresh Air

It’s difficult at the moment with so many restrictions, but it’s really important to get some fresh air any way you can. Whether that’s sitting by a window in your new home office, or going out for a (safe) walk round the corner. Even a short walk can make such a difference to your day.

At the beginning of the year when the team were planning what we were going to do to promote good mental health walking was something we couldn’t stop talking about. It’s such an easy thing to do, and it’s free which is one less thing to worry about! Some people are much more energetic and will be happy to go out for runs which is great, but at the very least a wander around the corner will do wonders.

Not alone

Whatever you do to help yourself during lockdown, don’t forget you’re not alone! This is such an unusual time but it’s also a great opportunity to stop being so busy, to take a moment and to appreciate what’s around you. Or to change it! Summer is a great time to take stock and see where you want to go next, and this is just another opportunity to really look at what’s out there and who can help you.

(If you’re looking for more information on wellbeing head over to the NHS website where they’re recommending similar ideas and a few more!