Five ways to improve your mental health

Beat the anxiety of self-isolation with these stress busting tips and boost your mental health

Limit your news intake
While it has never been more important to keep up with current events it’s easy to become anxious and distressed by a near-constant stream of news reports about the outbreak. Instead, limit your intake of news and restrict your use of social media which can lead to further anxiety and stress. Also consider where you are getting your news from – sources such as GOV.UK or the NHS provide credible and fact checked information.

Physical health
A healthy body leads to a healthy mind. Government guidelines permit people to exercise once a day and it is a great way to leave the confines of your home and enjoy fresh air. Exercise also releases chemicals called endorphins which trigger a positive feeling in the body which can boost your mood and improve confidence.

Talk about your worries
During these times of increased anxiety and stress it’s important to talk over your worries with others. Make plans to video chat with people or groups you’d normally see in person. You can also arrange phone calls or send instant messages or texts.

Keep busy
With weeks and months of the coronavirus pandemic ahead it’s important to keep motivated. Taking up new hobbies, getting round to jobs you have been putting off are all important way to focus the mind and boost your mental health.

Eat well
During times of heightened stress and increased anxiety it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which can end up making you feel worse. Try to maintain a healthy diet consisting of well-balanced meals. It’s also important to stay hydrated with water which allows us to think more clearly. 

For more ways to boost your mental health and practical advice visit Mind or the NHS