During these challenging times, we want to encourage everyone to stay safe and healthy. This means taking care of both your physical and mental wellbeing.
As lockdown begins to ease, it is normal to become anxious, nervous or stressed about doing things that have not been part of your regular routine for some time. Physical distancing can affect your normal day to day activities and physical activity routines.
Our team at the Centre for Health and Wellbeing have come up with some ways in which you can take care of your physical and mental health:
- Taking the same route for your run, cycle or walk can become monotonous and boring and often lead to a lack of motivation. Try taking a different route to explore and stimulate your senses and concentration levels. Listen to your favourite podcast or E-book.
- Eat well balanced meals, drink enough water.
- Try to maintain your regular sleep patterns and routines. Achieving a regular 8 hours of sleep can help to maintain a healthy mind.
- Continue to connect with others. Maintaining relationships with people you trust is important for your mental wellbeing.
- Talk about your worries. This is a difficult time for everyone and sharing how you are feeling with family and friends can help. If you do not feel able to do this there are a range of helplines that can be contacted eg, Scottish Association for Mental Health
- Keep your mind active and do things you enjoy, focus on your favourite hobby, learning something new or taking time to write / read should give some relief from anxious thoughts and feelings.
- Spend time in nature. Spending time in green spaces can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing.