A mental health guide to coping with lockdown in the winter

Get mentally fit and prepare yourself for coping with lockdown in winter with these straightforward techniques.

Our team look at how you can organise yourself and be ready to take on the mental health challenges of a winter lockdown.

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  1. Lighting – on dark mornings wake up gradually with increasing light. Try out a SAD light or lumie bodyclock.
  2. Stay connected – even though it might be difficult to see friends and family it is important that you stay connected to them on a regular basis.
  3. Help others – whether it is helping around the house or supporting your brother or sister, helping others can help provide you with positive emotions.
  4. Limit news – limit the amount of time you spend on social media and checking news.
  5. Coping strategies – identify some positive strategies that you can engage in that help you to deal with stress, worry or anxiety.
  6. Connect to your values – reconnect with things that are important to you and try to engage with them on a regular basis.
  7. Take time for yourself – plan time into your week where you can engage in activities for yourself. It is important to have time for yourself where you engage in some self-care.
  8. Plan your week – organise your week and plan in activities that provide you with a sense of pleasure and achievement.
  9. Stay active – throughout the day try and be active. Take a break from your work and walk around. Regular exercise can also be great for reducing stress and boosting mood.
  10. Positive habits – write down a list of 5 – 10 positive mental health habits you can engage with on a regular basis to maintain your mental fitness.
  11. Ask for help – if you notice yourself struggling reach out to family, friends, your doctor or a local mental health charity for help.
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