7 ways to boost your mental health while in lockdown

-Jan 30, Hannah Hargrave , Mind -

With the world on lockdown, making your mental health a priority has never been so important, and while there’s thankfully a wealth of professional support out there online, you can also make a big difference to your emotional wellbeing yourself.

If you’re struggling with your mental health, whether it be in the form of anxiety, depression or stress, your mood, fitness, focus and even your immunity can suffer as a result.

With shopping for food, family to look after and finances to think about, you may even think you don’t have time to focus on your feelings, but there’s a lot you can do to make a difference to your mindset, on your own at home.

Related: 15 stars open up about their struggles with mental health

Focus

Life goes by in a flash and if your mind is all over the place, you can miss so much of it. Learn to be more present, look around you and take in the sights, the sounds, the tastes and appreciate them. This will help you to slow down and focus. Make a bowl of healthy chicken soup, or a green smoothie and take the time to be grateful for your health and wellbeing.

Exercise

Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and lift your mood, plus it keeps you physically healthy too. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or down in the dumps, try an at home workout. You don’t have to wait months to start reaping the rewards of exercise, because as you workout your body releases feel good endorphins and you can instantly start to feel better. 

Not to mention if you exercise outside you get the joyful benefits of the fresh air too. If you can, go outside for a walk or a run, if not, try our at home 21 day yoga plan.

Talk to someone

You may think that by talking about your problems you’re burdening someone else with them. But by venting your concerns or frustrations you will not only feel a weight lifted from your shoulders, but you may find they can help you come up with a solution. Keeping your emotions bottled up does nobody any good. Call a friend, or set up a Zoom hangout for you and your friends during this time.

Rework your wardrobe

Why not use this time to go through your wardrobe and donate what you no longer wear to a good cause? You could add in several carefully chosen key pieces that will give you, and your look a new lease of life. We like The Bias Cut for shopping new styles.

Do something for someone else

Being kind, helpful or doing something good for someone else has been shown to increase your happiness levels. It doesn’t have to be something monumental either, a simple act of kindness goes a long way to making them, and in turn you, feel lighter, more fulfilled and more joyful. Sign up to help your community, the rewards are exponential because you’ll be helping others while boosting your self-esteem.

Strengthen your immunity

You can give your immune system a brilliant boost using targeted nutrition. Eat foods which are rich in vitamins A, C, D3, selenium and zinc –  which all help to boost your immune system and load up your plate with them. These nutrients are also included in the Lumity supplement formula.

Be grateful

Sometimes it can be tricky to see that you have anything to be grateful for, especially when you’re bogged down in a fog of emotions, but gratitude has been heavily linked to improved mental health, happiness and wellbeing. 

Each night write down one thing you have been grateful for that day. Make it a habit and you’ll gradually start to see what you do have, rather than focusing on what you don’t. 

Related: How to start writing a gratitude list

Walk away

If something if stressing you out, take a break from it. Rather than forcing yourself to plug on and making your mental mindset even worse, walk away and take some deep breaths. Concentrate on something else for a while until you feel ready to return to what it was you were doing. 

Get quality sleep

When you’re sleep deprived everything seems worse than it is. Quality sleep is imperative for your mental wellbeing. But when you’re stressed or worked up it can be difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep too. 

Try to get to sleep at a reasonable time. Staying up late working or worrying will leave you way less capable of being productive the following day. 

To help you drift off, put away your electronic devices a couple of hours before bed – which means no checking emails just before lights out.

By setting regular times to go to bed and wake up you’ll begin to reset your circadian rhythm and in turn improve sleep and your mental wellbeing too.  In fact even one night of quality sleep can instantly make you feel better.

If bedtime is a battle then discover how you can harness your body clock for a better night’s sleep and if sleep deprivation is regularly a thing here’s some guidance to help deal with it.

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