Living in Lockdown: Tips on Managing Your Mental Wellbeing

Life in lockdown can take its toll on our mental and emotional wellbeing. Ian Boyle, Specialist Complex Needs Worker, shares his top tips for self-care during this challenging time.

Accept that it is very different to our ‘norm’ and the pace of life has slowed down; why not embrace this?

Most of us are working from home, so it is more important than ever to create clear boundaries between work and personal spaces.

Take a walk outside—it will serve you far more than pacing around in your mind.

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  • At the start and end of the day go out for a walk to simulate the commute from before lockdown, allowing you to help separate work from home.

  • Take breaks, especially if you are sitting at a computer all day; in video calls and writing up notes.

  • Ensure that you eat and drink enough during the day, as it is easy to forget.

  • It is very easy to start a bit early, cut out breaks, miss lunch or eat at the desk/table and work a little bit later, DON’T.  You are no use to anyone if you get ill.

  • Don’t be a hero, if you are stacked up ask for help from colleagues and delegate tasks.

  • Speak to colleagues, friends or family, it is not healthy to bottle things up, eventually the bottle overflows.

  • If you don’t complete all yours tasks today, remember tomorrow is another.
  • Smile at others as it is contagious 🙂