Local NHS Professional shares three self care steps for good mental health in lockdown

Local health professionals are encouraging all of us to take three simple steps to maintain good mental health in lockdown. According to the experts, sleep, a healthy diet, and regular exercise can benefit our mental health as much as our physical.
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A healthy diet, getting regular sleep, communicating with friends and family, and making the most of the permitted outdoor exercise have all been identified as effective ways of getting through our current period of isolation.

NHS professionals are keen to remind us all that little changes in our daily lives can go a long way when it comes to health. Other practical steps we can all take to help boost our mood and help us feel better to include; taking up a new hobby or rediscovering one, and looking out for friends and family who may also be struggling.

Speaking of the impact that lockdown has had on our lives, and our mental health, Claire Williamson, Head of Psychological Therapies, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, said: 

“Although we have all had to get used to living in lockdown, the isolation we have had to endure this year is still very unnatural, and this can clearly have a negative impact on how we are feeling.

Quite often, issues relating to mental health only become apparent once they have started to affect our day-to-day life, which is why doing introducing small feel-good actions early on is so important."

The advice comes at the same time as the annual Self Care Week, which this year is focussing on staying well amid the restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Whether it’s riding a bike, reading a book, cooking a meal from scratch, or having a night in with friends on Zoom, these small activities can do wonders for our mood and self-esteem, which are so important at this difficult time. Having a positive outlook not only makes these periods of lockdown easier to manage but also ensures our physical health is maintained to a high standard.
— Claire Williamson, Head of Psychological Therapies, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

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