16 November 2020
Sleep, a healthy diet and regular exercise among the simple self-care steps to good mental health during lockdown
With more than two weeks of national lockdown still to go,
people are being encouraged to take simple steps that could have a
big impact on maintaining good mental health.
Having a healthy diet, getting regular sleep, communicating with
friends and family and making the most of the permitted outdoor
exercise have all been identified as effective ways of getting
through this current period of isolation.
Local NHS professionals are now reminding people they do not
need to invest in over-the-top lifestyle changes, such as taking on
a whole new diet or training for a marathon, to stay afloat, and
that it is often the little switches in daily life that have the
potential to do the most good.
Other practical steps that can help boost mood and help people
to feel better include taking up a new hobby, rediscovering one
that may have been put on the backburner in recent weeks and
looking out for friends and family who may also be struggling.
Claire Williamson, Head of Psychological Therapies, Avon and
Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, said: "Although we
have all had to get used to living in lockdown, the isolation we
have had to endure this year is still very unnatural, and this can
clearly have a negative impact on how we are feeling.
"Quite often, issues relating to mental health only become
apparent once they have started to affect our day-to-day life,
which is why doing introducing small feel-good actions early on is
"Whether it's riding a bike, reading a book, cooking a meal from
scratch or having a night in with friends on Zoom, these small
activities can do wonders for our mood and self-esteem, which are
so important at this difficult time.
"Having a positive outlook not only makes these periods of
lockdown easier to manage, but also ensures our physical health is
maintained to a high standard, something we rely on even more
during the colder winter months."
This advice coincides with the annual Self Care Week, which
advises people on how to stay well using a combination of their own
initiative and easily accessible resources.
The theme for this year focuses on staying well amid the
restrictions and regulations brought on by the coronavirus
As well as doing what is necessary to maintain good mental
health, people can look after their physical health by getting the
flu vaccine, seeking help for worrying symptoms early on and
following the necessary steps for testing and isolating at the
first sign of showing symptoms of coronavirus.
Look out for further updates regarding Self Care Week from us on
Facebook and Twitter.
You can find a video here which highlights the
importance of looking after your wellbeing during Self Care