March will mark a year since we have felt the impact of the COVID-19 in the UK. It was at the end of the month last year that we went into our first national ‘lockdown’ and since then, the pandemic has changed the way we all look at daily life.
Research has found 10 million more people have experienced new or additional mental health issues since the start of the pandemic.
As we enter a new phase of the pandemic and vaccinations against COVID-19 are rolled out, the nation is starting to look towards the future with the hopes of returning to what was once normality. The government’s new roadmap to lead the UK out of lockdown has highlighted promising dates for our diaries to look forward too. However, keeping your mental wellbeing healthy continues to be a priority.
Feeling anxious, stressed or depressed has become a common feeling among many during the pandemic, especially with worries about health, jobs, finances and loneliness. There is no shame in feeling low and overwhelmed and there are a variety of support services available to help, including Mind and the NHS website.
The first step to supporting your mental well-being is to address what your concerns are and how it is making you feel. Talking through your emotions can help take some of the pressure off, whether it is with your GP, a healthcare professional or a trusted relative or friend. Talking therapies can be a good opportunity to talk to someone, and are available in different forms to support more people. Counselling or Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) are available with a trained professional over the phone, online and in-person.
Keeping your body healthy also helps to keep your mind healthy. As the third national ‘lockdown’ took place during winter, it became very easy to stay indoors where it was warm and cosy. Being active releases endorphins into the body which relieves stress and pain. Set time aside each day to either go for a walk or to complete a home work-out. The NHS website has easy work-out videos to get you started – click here to view the videos.
For many people who live alone, the lack of social interaction can make them feel isolated and feel low. Keeping in regular contact with loved ones is still important, and not only helps you feel better but helps others. At Heritage Healthcare, our care teams across the UK have continued to deliver expert care and support to clients throughout the pandemic, ensuring individuals are safe at home with the essential items and medications they need. Our carers have become a trusted face for many vulnerable people, especially when they have been unable to see friends and family.
We have been focused on not only supporting our client’s health needs whilst living at home, but have supported their mental well-being to provide reassurance and comfort during a difficult time.
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