9 things to schedule into your week to look after your mental health during lockdown

Take time out to focus on yourself and how you are feeling with these useful tips that will make you feel more anchored during lockdown.

Practice self-compassion and chanel energies to parts of your life that make you feel better such as connecting with friends or reducing the amount of time spent on social media .

The BelievePerform experts look at 9 things to schedule into your week to look after your mental health during lockdown.

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  1. Movement/activity – Whether it is standing up and walking around your home each hour or going for a gentle stroll, exercise and daily activity is important for boosting mood.
  2. 3 good things – Each night before bed write down 3 good things you have achieved from your day and what they say about you as a person.
  3. My happy place – Close your eyes for 5 minutes and use all your senses to imagine yourself in a calm, safe happy and relaxing place.
  4. Muscle relaxation – Progressive muscle relaxation is an effective breathing technique for relieving muscle tension.
  5. Technology time out – Set aside time each week where you can fully switch off from technology, media and the news.
  6. Being mindful – Slow down, breathe and focus on one thing at a time.
  7. Deep breathing – Deep breathing can be used to clear your mind and calm your body during times of stress.
  8. Me time – Find some time in your week to engage in activities that provide you with a sense of relaxation.
  9. Connecting – Find time to video call, message or email a friend, colleague or family member. Connectedness is important for reducing stress.
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