We conducted a survey which revealed that 59% of respondents believe that the Government did ‘nothing’ or ‘not enough’ to support people’s mental health during the pandemic and lockdown. It’s time to take matters into our own hands.
Let’s take some time to reflect inwards and see if there is anything we can do to take better care of our emotional needs. Sometimes a bit of compassion and a listening ear from someone can do wonders and can help steer us onto the right track. Or perhaps it’s time to get a helping hand from a professional. Whatever it is that we need, the important thing is that we are validating it and taking the appropriate action.
Ask yourself these questions:
Are you getting enough sleep?
Sleep is essential for our physical and mental health. It regulates the chemicals in our brain that transmit information. These chemicals are crucial in managing our moods and emotions. A lack of good quality sleep can lead to us feeling depressed or anxious.
Are you eating well?
It’s important for our minds, not just our bodies. Some nutritional deficiencies such as iron and B12 can contribute to a low mood. Eating a balanced diet and limiting stimulants such as coffee and alcohol can help. If you feel that your diet could benefit from changes but not sure where to start, reach out to us and we will be happy to point you in the right direction.
Are you getting enough vitamin D?
There is still some occasional sunlight available that we should try and take advantage of as much as possible. Sunlight is a great source of vitamin D which is vital for our bodies and brain. It helps our brains release serotonin and endorphins which improve our mood. If you feel like you’re not getting enough sunlight, consider taking a supplement too.
Are you feeling stressed?
It’s not unusual for us to consider a certain amount of stress in our lives as normal and we just deal with it, however this can be damaging to our physical and mental health. Long term stress can impact our immune system, increase inflammation in the body and can lead to us to feeling depressed and anxious.
Are you moving enough?
Physical activity and exercise is essential in maintaining good mental health. It boosts the chemicals in our brain that help to put us in a good mood. It can help with low moods, stress and anxiety, not to mention all the physical benefits it does for the body.
Are you getting enough social interaction?
Connecting with others provides support and lifts our mood. Good relationships and talking to people can be great in lifting our spirits by creating meaningful connections. Have you lost touch with a good friend during lockdown? Give them a call and reconnect.