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Mental Health Awareness Month

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May is mental health awareness month with Mental Health Awareness week being 18th-24th May 2020. Now, with Covid-19 and its impact, more than ever we should be aware of our own mental health and be taking care of ourselves.

Being in lockdown for now 6 weeks and continuing is taking its toll on most of us. Some of us will be locked down with a partner, a husband or wife, some with just our children, some with parents but some are all alone. Whoever we are with, lockdown is tough on our mental health and we need to ensure that we all take care of ourselves and are mindful of others.

Below is a list of things you can do to try and take care of yourself during lockdown and improve your mental health. If you find these don’t work and things are not improving, please seek medical advice.

  1. Plan your days and try to establish a routine
  2. Move more! It doesn’t need to be a marathon every day but set a step target and see if you can beat it each day
  3. Take time to relax – even if its two minutes controlled breathing or a yoga class or even binge watching your favourite programmes!
  4. Try not to isolate yourself completely. Keep in touch with friends and family using your telephone or social media platforms.
  5. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed or anxious about all the news, try to discuss this with someone or stick to trusted platforms like BBC News or the Government website. It can help to try using your phone less for updates at times like this.
  6. Make sure you eat and sleep well.

If you know a neighbour is alone in lockdown and want to reach out to them and help them, post a little card through the door or leave a little cake for them. Let them know there are people with them and thinking of them during this lockdown. The little things can make all the difference at times like this.

At Johnson Astills we have designated staff who are there to help with any mental health issues and are always available for a chat or a coffee, even during lockdown. We hope you are all staying safe and taking care of yourselves. Our offices may be closed but we are still operating remotely and can still be contacted on either 0116 2554855 or 01509 610312.