Mental Health and Wellbeing Tips for Lockdown
This seems very basic, but breathing exercises can work wonders. They are free and you can do them anywhere, anytime.Our body's naturally beging 'rapid breathing' during times of stress, fear and anxiety. By trying to take control of your breathing, and slowing it down, you are telling your body that it's OK. There are many breathing techniques, like this one here, but there are some golden rules to follow.
- In through the nose, and out through the mouth.
- Make the out breath longer than the in breath
- Breathe from your tummy, not your chest.
- Do it for two minutes or longer.
- Practice as often as you can, so that it is second nature when you really need it.
Try the 4-7-8 technique: In through the nose for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds, exhale for 8 seconds through pursed lips.
Call a friend. Call a family member. Call your neighbour. Call that person you've been meaning to call but just haven't had the time to.
You. are. not. alone.
Rant or cry if you need to. But also, try to talk about other things if you can remember what life was like before this lockdown. Talk about anything. Although it may feel like it, the world has not come to a stand still, and life will go on.
This one is important. Laughter is the best medicine for feeling glum. Laughter relieves physical tension and stress. It's also a great way to bond. Why not:
- Watch a funny film.
- Get your children to do a "silly dance competition".
- Call someone and ask them to tell you a joke
- Ask friends on your social media to share their funniest memory or story
- Find a funny video on YouTube or TikTok
Here's some funny cat videos to get you started!
Do something with your hands
What a perfect time to start a new hobby, right? It will keep your mind busy, give you a purpose, and you might even learn a new skill! You could try:
Tidy your space
You know the saying, "Tidy House Tidy Mind"? Well it didn't come from nowhere. Experts say that having an organised and tidy home can have really positive effects on your mental wellbeing. Plus, by the time the world goes 'back to normal', everything in your house will have it's own dedicated space (maybe).
Start one space at a time, like your bedside table or your wardrobe and take it from there. You could even get the children involved if you want to!
There are more NHS Guided Self-Help Therapies you can use here.
If you are really struggling with your mental health, please seek the help and advice of a professional.
If you are experiencing a Mental Health Crisis (eg: you or someone you know’s behaviour puts them at risk of hurting themselves or others) you must call 01472 256 256 (OPTION 3)
If you require EMERGENCY help (eg: there is immediate risk to life) please call 999 immediately.