Staying Mentally Healthy During Lockdown

Published 1 May 2020

Here are 5 ways to help yourself cope with the strains and stresses of the covid-19 isolation period. 

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  1. A lot of current anxiety is about not knowing what the future holds. Try not to focus too far ahead but instead think about what you need or want to achieve today, and aim to complete that.
  2. Escape through reading. Reading can help you switch off from the world around you and land you into a different reality. It doesn’t have to be fiction. You can enjoy learning about a new subject or reading a celebrity autobiography. Audiobooks and podcasts are equally good if you just want to plug in and tune out from isolation.
  3. This is a very unusual situation for everyone so it’s totally normal to feel more anxious, sad or just ‘not yourself’. Don’t feel ashamed of these feelings; talking to a friend or family member can help and make you realise you’re not alone.
  4. Exercise is a great way to burn off stress and to get a boost of serotonin, our body’s natural happy chemical It doesn’t matter what you do: a TikTok dance, walking the dog, a Joe Wicks class, yoga, going for a jog, jumping on the trampoline. Just get your body moving.
  5. We’re all in this together so take time each day to connect with your friends, family and teachers. Talking to others about your feelings and sharing your experience of lockdown can be really helpful if you’re feeling lonely or concerned.

Stay safe, stay home and take care.

Elinor Harvey

School Counsellor