TIPS FOR MENTAL WELLBEING
We humans are social beings. We need people around us. Reaching out to people you trust is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety and boredom. Talk “face-to-face” with friends and loved ones or use social media and video channels such as FaceTime, Whats App, Skype, or Zoom. When we are struggling its important to talk. Trusted friends, family or colleagues can help. You can also seek professional help in the form of counselling or psychotherapy.
COVID-19 became a huge source of anxiety across the UK and the rest of the world, having a detrimental effect on our mental health. There was a real psychological challenge attached to being in lockdown and many people will still be suffering the emotional impact of this. As the world comes to terms with what has happened and we transition back to a world with no restrictions, it is perfectly natural to feel anxious, distressed, and vulnerable.
The news is now dominated by the war in Ukraine and this too is a major concern to many. It is important to remember that while it is completely normal to be worried, anxious, and stressed, it is important that we look after our mental health. I have put together some pointers above that you might consider implementing in order to look after your mental health and the health of others. While it is natural to be concerned for those who are directly affected by events in the Ukraine, it is important to remember that it is also common to be anxious, stressed, angry or depressed from afar. Try to implement some of the tips above and remember, spending hours of time scrolling and consuming negative news will lead to increased anxiety and a catastrophising thought processes. Try to look at the news for a limited amount of time per day and then do something relaxing afterwards.