Ways to maintain good mental health while in lockdown…

Hi, I‘m Melissa, I am currently studying Childhood and Youth with Social Policy.
This semester at Hope has been different than any other. Staff had big changes to make with very short notice, and for us as students the academic year ended very abruptly. However, regardless of all the upheaval, Penny and her team has been extremely supportive, thoughtful and communication has been fantastic.

Aside from this I want to give you some tips that I have found beneficial at this difficult time.

Mental health quote……
‘In order to maintain a healthy mind I try to do things daily and try to keep in a routine.’

1. Plan
I am in lockdown with my mummy, so on day one we sat down and made a list of everything we planned to do during lockdown, this included cleaning, decluttering, cooking, baking, exercising and of course relaxing. Each morning we make a plan, this is a great way to keep in routine, and motivates my mind and body.

2. Exercise
With gyms, parks, and sport all banned, exercising can seem difficult to maintain. However, many people are uploading videos daily of different ways to exercise at home. My local yoga instructor goes live on Facebook three times a week. I also go for a walk daily which is beneficial for my physical and mental health, but it’s also great to get some fresh air.

Communication is key! This is a time of isolation and loneliness, and I’m sure we are all missing someone. Group chats are a great way to keep in contact with family and friends, you can text, ring, send pictures or even play games. For some people who may not use social media, sending a letter or card is also a nice touch.

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