Planning a mental fitness regime to help us to prepare for another lockdown – and encourage our friends, family, colleagues and community to do the same.
A good starting point is to identify our healthy coping techniques. These can include hobbies such as yoga and cooking, and habits such as reading before bed and practising self care. When we’re faced with an increase in stressors, it's important to make sure that we also increase these healthy coping resources, so that we can stay emotionally balanced.
Here are some areas we suggest you focus on. Within each, try and find which coping techniques work best for you, as you’ll be more likely to stick to them:
- Good sleep routine– both stress and the lack of sunlight can affect your sleep, so creating a good bedtime routine can help you sleep soundly.
- Walking/exercise– getting your body moving is a great way to shake off stress, and it can also help you sleep better at night.
- Eating well– stress can weaken your immune system, so make sure you look after your gut with eating a varied diet full of lots of plant based sources.
- Worry management– it’s easy to get into a cycle of worry when you’re stressed, so to combat this you can use a technique called ‘Worry Time’ – setting aside time to worry about it later so it doesn't interfere with your day
- Regular contact with family and friends– checking in with loved ones and talking through any problems can decrease feelings of stress.