January 28, 2021, by Charlotte Gauja
Keeping mentally fit in lockdown
It is ok to feel unsettled, anxious and a little bit lost, especially since we entered the first lockdown. Please know that you’re never alone in these feelings, and this article is here to help. Read more as Fitness Instructor, Sean, discusses some basic tips and links to help keep mentally fit in lockdown.
Get in contact
This past 10 months, we have all been isolated from our friends, family and normal routine. It’s important to reach out to your loved ones, as they will need this as much as you.
Not only speaking to someone but seeing someone’s face whilst you’re talking to them helps with loneliness. You can use apps such as FaceTime, WhatsApp, Zoom and Skype that allow you to connect face to face, albeit virtually with your nearest and dearest.
Along with this, gaming communities and support groups are available. There is no problem too small to seek advice for and most of the time, you’re not the only one who has questions.
Here are several helplines and befriending services available, who offer support and friendship in these uncertain times.
Focus on the things you can control
Since March, there have been many restrictions placed on the way we live our lives. This being from limiting the amount of time we can spend away from our home, to who we can meet (or rather not meet).
It’s easier said than done, but why worry about the things that are out of our control. Focus on the things you have control over, such as how well you take care of yourself and how often you make the effort to talk to friends and family. If you get the basics of self-care correct, you’ll worry less and learn how to handle the things that aren’t in our control.
Eating healthier has evidence to suggest that it also improves your mood, along with our physical health. We’re not suggesting that you don’t have that cupcake on a Sunday afternoon, but to make more conscious food choices throughout the week.
Linking to this, alcohol is a proven depressant. Therefore if you’re already feeling low, alcohol isn’t going to make you feel better. We’re not suggesting you go T total, but to be aware of your feelings before you have a drink.
If you need support with your alcohol consumption, or just want some more information regarding this, you can check out these links below.
Taking part in exercise will increase your endorphins, and it has been proven that a 20-minute walk can help increase your mood. Along with this, a regular exercise programme can help relieve stress and promote a healthy sleep pattern.
Improved sleep will help increase your mood. If a well-rounded exercise routine is done correctly, it will also help control your weight, increase your muscle strength and lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The positive affects this can have on you are practically endless, which is where we can help. If you’re struggling to find the motivation to train, try joining on Facebook live on Wednesdays at 12. If you would like more guidance, you can contact our friendly fitness instructors who can discuss this with you to help you achieve your goals.
Useful links and resources
- University Health and Welfare services
- School Welfare Officers
- Student Minds
- Welfare in Sport
- Student Welfare Network
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