Not only is a physical activity vital to support health, but healthy mental well-being also plays an important role.
16 million people in the UK will experience a mental health problem; 1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health issue in their lifetime. Every year, approximately 12 million adults will see their GP with a mental health problem; most of these cases have included anxiety and depression resulting from stress.
Mental health issues can be the result of many reasons, including loneliness, work, relationships, bereavements, money issues or health concerns. The COVID-19 outbreak will have led to a rise in mental health issues, as people who are at high-risk to the virus may have become more anxious and those who have stayed at home, either with family, friends or alone may begin to feel isolated and depressed.
Healthy mental wellbeing is about feeling positive about yourself and your environment, but it doesn’t mean being happy all the time. Everyone will face challenges in their daily life; being able to cope, feeling a sense of purpose and making the most of new opportunities is a sign of healthy mental wellbeing.
In some circumstances, when pressures becoming too much to handle, the negative feelings overtake the positives and can result in low mental health; this could lead to mental health issues in the future.
To support your mental health, you should:
- Keep hydrated and eat well – drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day is recommended, and fruit and vegetables don’t just have to be fresh from the shop; frozen and tinned also count so you don’t need to worry about going to the supermarket more than necessary during the COVID-19 isolation.
- Create a routine – if you are still staying home due to the outbreak, you may already have created a routine for each day. Divide your day up as you would during a regular week; set time for working from home, catching up on chores, exercising, socialising and spending time on a hobby you enjoy. This routine can continue after the COVID-19 isolation as the nation tries to return to normality.
- Stay active – when we are feeling low, it can be a struggle to get motivated, but being physically active not only boosts your health but has been shown to reduce the risk of depression and manage stress and anxiety. Click here to read our previous blog post about the exercises for different abilities.
- Get fresh air – the government has restricted the nation to leaving the house once per day to buy essential groceries and medication, for exercise, for medical purposes and to travel to work if necessary. Take advantage of this by going for a walk and getting fresh air. If you have a garden and the weather’s nice, you can also sit outside whilst reading a book or completing a DIY project.
- Allow yourself time to relax – putting pressure on yourself to complete work or chores can lead to a low mood; make sure you give yourself time in the day for you, either to watch the latest box-set or enjoying a hobby.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help – 1 in 4 people will experience mental health issue at some point in their life. Asking for help is always an option and there are professionals who are available to support you.
If you are struggling with your mental health, below are websites of services that are there to help:
At Heritage Healthcare we provide high-quality care and support to help people remain living in the comfort of their own home for longer. To find out more about our services, please click here, or you can find your nearest Heritage Healthcare office by clicking here.