Looking after your mental health during lockdown

Given the uncertainty at the moment and advice from the government changing daily, it is a very worrying time for many. Working from home is something that many people will not have faced before. While it might seem good and exciting to start with, it can quickly turn into a lonely, stressful time. It is more important than ever to focus on mental health while isolated at home.

Tips to help improve your mental health while working at home:

Keep in regular contact with your work colleagues. Video calling is a great way to see and chat to colleagues. Having face to face contact can really help your mood.

  • Maintain a routine and stick to it. Going from a strict routine in the office to nothing at home is difficult so establish a set routine and try and stick with it.
  • Keep your work space clear and free of clutter.
  • Exercise. Staying active if you cannot leave the house can be difficult, but if you have a garden make full use of it. Take regular breaks from your desk and get up and stretch your legs.
  • Eat properly. It can be tempting to snack on unhealthy foods while at home but maintaining a healthy diet can really increase your mood and is good for you.

If you do experience mental health problems while working at home, make sure you contact your line manager, your HR department or, if your company has one, the Mental Health First Aider. You might find your company has access to an employee assistance programme, who are there to provide support for employees emotional well being. There are also various organisations which can help:

Mind

Mental Health UK

Sane

Samaritans

It is important that we all take care to keep our mental health healthy, just as we would do our physical health.

 

Harriet Ford

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