COVID-19: Looking after your mental health as a key worker

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Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, we are all experiencing its effects in some way, shape or form. But as a key worker, you may be feeling the pressure and anxiety to a greater extent. Perhaps you’re working longer hours, or maybe you’re concerned about travelling to work at a time when society is being urged to stay at home. The work you are doing is both crucial and admirable, but as a key worker, it’s even more important to be proactive in managing your mental health.

We’ve put some tips together which we hope you find helpful.

Diet

Your diet plays a key role in your mood and energy levels. During this challenging time, it’s likely that your routine will have changed and this, subsequently, may have created a shift in your eating habits. It’s important to keep your eating patterns as regular as possible and ensure that your diet is balanced and nutritious. It can help to keep a food diary as this can make you more conscious of your daily intake.

Mindfulness

The practice of mindfulness is centred around the idea of being present in any given moment. With time, mindfulness can help to alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, as well as help with difficulties in sleeping. There are various apps available, such as Headspace, which is currently offering free access to all NHS clinical and non-clinical staff.

Reading

While it can be tempting to turn to your TV for some much-needed downtime, reading is a fantastic alternative; it is an escape from reality that really engages your brain and is also a useful tool to help aid sleep. If you’re looking for some book suggestions, why not take a look at our recommendations?

 Journaling

Writing can be an incredibly cathartic process. By dedicating time to journal about your day and what you are feeling, you get the opportunity for deeper reflection. Journaling gives you the time and space to look at the day’s events and truly process them. It’s also a safe way of exploring your responses and identifying ways in which you can potentially manage things differently going forward.

 Do you have any tips to share?

Now more than ever, it’s important to band together with our tips, stories of positivity and advice. If you have anything you’d like to share then please leave a comment below or get in touch with us – we’ll be sharing your responses on our social channels using #WeSupportYou.

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