By Kirsty Duffield
Mental well-being is something that should be considered as something to invest in, not something that we have to deal with if we are stressed or struggling. It can help you to feel better, sleep well and be generally more positive.
It is just as important to look after your mental health and well-being when you are working from home.
You might get to a stage where you feel bored, lovely or frustrated but at this difficult time everyone will be going through the same feelings.
It is important to remember that everyone deals with these feeling differently and will react to challenging events in their own way.
There are a few things that you can do to ensure your keeping on top of your mental well-being and help you to cope while you are staying at home.
Plan Practical things:
If you need to go out to the shops to collect supplies or medicines, then do so with caution and plan how you can do this.
There are other options that are available such as online grocery shopping or ordering repeat prescriptions online or over the phone and then having the medication delivered to save you from having to worry about going out.
Where you can stick to your daily routines, if you are working from home ensure that you get up and dressed as usual, set aside yourself a working area and follow the same working hours.
Keep your mind stimulated:
By keeping your mind busy and focused on other things you are less likely to worry. Set aside some time in your day to challenge yourself, try a new hobby or activity that you can do from home or even use the internet to research different topics to aid personal development.
Examples of activities could be:
⦁ Read a book
⦁ Listen to a pod cast
⦁ Complete online learning courses
⦁ Learn a new language through the use of an app
Connect with other people:
Ensure that you maintain some sort of communication with others, this is important for your mental health.
You can phone, video call, message or even email. This will allow for some sort of social interaction still and the opportunity to talk as others may be feeling the same as you are.
It’s also healthy to talk to these people about your worries, by voicing your concerns others could offer support or even just a sympathetic ear for you to talk to.
If you are worried about feeling lonely some other ideas to help could be:
put up pictures of people around you
listen to a radio station so that you have some background noise
Look after your physical health:
Avoiding drinking and smoking too much and getting regular exercise will help to keep your mind active and busy which helps to relieve stress.
You are still able to go out for a walk or a run, while you have this option make the most of it. Or follow one of the exercise routines set out in our ‘Get fit for free’ document based on the recommendations from the NHS.
Also, taking time to relax and allow your body and mind to shut off from the day can help to alleviate feelings of worry and anxiety, this could be by having some quiet time daily or even catching up on some sleep.
Stay on top of any difficult feelings:
Try to focus and plan your day to keep your mind from getting restless or experiencing anxiety. These are some of the feelings that you can be expected during this kind of situation and they are perfectly normal.
Focus on the things that you can control and that you are able to change rather than those that you aren’t and act positively on those. If you are still struggling there are well being audio apps that you can use to help you to relax your mind and manage any anxiety.
Keeping your mind active will also help to forget about worry or stress. Doing activities such as crosswords or jigsaws will keep your mind active and away from difficult feelings.
Do not watch too much News or social media:
The social media and News outlets can be misleading and also give a lot of negativity around the situation. Try turning off your phone or limiting your time looking at a screen.
When you do feel the need to look at the news only use reliable sources of information such as GOV.UK.
If you would like more tips on mental health relevant to you, you can take the ‘Every mind matters’ NHS mind plan quiz. This quiz asks 5 simple questions based on your mental health and will give tips and hints which are relevant to help you to have good mental well-being with the option to email over the plan including links to refer to at later date.
Other sources of support and information: