Mental Health and Lockdown

With growing talk about lockdown, it is important that we mentally prepare ourselves just in case it does happen. The hope is that it won’t but there is no harm in trying your best to prepare.

Firstly, find activities that you can do which involve keeping fit and clearing your mind. A good idea might be to go for a 20-30 minute walk every day just to process your thoughts and get some fresh air – staying cooped up in the house for days and weeks on end isn’t good for anyone. Exercise can help to release endorphins, otherwise known as the ‘happy hormone’ (don’t quote me on this as I’m not a scientist).

Stretching can also help if you need an activity that you need to do indoors on some of the days. The Nike App is good or you can create your own stretching routines.

Another thing I’d recommend is journaling. It is so important to be able to get your thoughts out of your head. Sometimes you don’t want to talk to anyone but you just want to get the thoughts that may be circling around your mind, out of your mind. Journaling is a great way to do this, a bit like keeping a diary where you document how you feel and why you may feel that way. Sometimes you can even write down prayer points or prayers in your journal and then look back so you can see that God has been faithful.

Read the Bible and pray intentionally for the future. I can’t emphasise this point enough, pray and trust God. When it comes down to it, life can be difficult at times and it’s possible end up facing struggles that you didn’t ever anticipate but one thing remains the same, God is God and He is faithful. Trust Him and meditate on His word.

Another tip is to watch what you eat. It sounds strange I know, but sometimes the food we consume can affect our moods. For example, indulging in sugary snacks all day as opposed to salads, carbs and fruits, can leave you feeling pretty slumped. No one wants that. Sugary snacks are okay in small amounts but they shouldn’t be consumed non-stop. Eat healthily and take care of your body – be intentional in ensuring that you take care of your physical health to help your mental health.

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