January is over already, can you believe it? Time flies.
I decided to write this blog because I think mental health is as important or even more so than physical health. It is a huge part of our wellbeing especially during this time of uncertainty.
I recently came across a number of dreadful stories of people taking their own life, and what is more concerning is that no one appears to have seen it coming, no warning signs, evidence of suffering or cries for help.
The power of being connected to others plays a key role in our mental health and wellbeing. During this time with restrictions in place, it is easy to sometimes feel isolated and lonely. Take the opportunity to use social media to connect if you can’t physically see someone.
We all have days when we aren’t feeling happy and not our normal selves. When these feelings extend into more than a few days or weeks, try and seek some professional help or speak to a friend.
Some things you can do to support your own health include:
- Maintain a healthy diet, exercise and sleep regime as much as possible. Exercise has been proven to be a natural antidepressant
- Share concerns by talking to others
- Engage in hobbies and enjoyable activities outside of work
- Be prepared (e.g., develop a personal / family preparedness plan in case you are quarantined or need to self-isolate)
- Avoid or reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco and limit caffeine
- Limit media exposure
- Maintain contact with colleagues, friends and family.
Take time to focus on fitness to feel good about yourself or other activities that bring you enjoyment. Set some goals and have a fantastic February.