With the latest COVID-19 restrictions plunging Wales into one of the most challenging lockdown periods yet, many are left feeling more alone than ever. These restrictions prevent us from getting to enjoying a normal Christmas with our loved ones after a long challenging year. Whilst this may be upsetting news you must know you’re not alone. You can still enjoy this festive period there will just have to be some slight adjustments made to help ensure you are keeping your family as safe as possible. 

 

A lockdown over Christmas was the last thing anyone had in the calendar. I remember when this all started back in early spring, few cases, little worry and just look at how it has all changed. This period is going to be hard for us all, it will lead to many struggling with mental health and wellbeing which will lead to some upsetting times. But with the support of those around you, getting through this lockdown will be absolutely fine, we just need to stick together.

 

In this blog post, we will be taking you through a couple of the main ways you can look after your mental health and wellbeing over this next lockdown period. 

 

Staying Active Even When Times Are Challenging

 

Keeping active is not only essential for looking after your physical health but your mental health as well. By simply going out for a short dog walk or a job around the block once a day will help to make sure you are getting out of the house and soaking up some of the little hours of sunlight we are getting at this time of the year. The presence of physical activity, fresh air and sunlight are great for your mental health and wellbeing as it helps to eliminate the feeling of being cooped up with nowhere to go. Physical activity is also great for releasing serotonin which is the chemical behind feeling happy.   

 

Spend Time Channeling Your Inner Creativity  

 

Creativity is a very vague term. The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about being creative is painting or drawing but the fact is, creativity could be anything. It could be playing the piano, mountain biking or creating a mood board. There is simply no barriers to creativity, it can be anything that your mind can comprehend. Being creative is an amazing way to look after your mental health and wellbeing as it allows you to express emotion and clear what’s on your mind. Giving yourself this time to yourself can work wonders when you feeling anxious and stressed, it gives you the time you need to centre yourself and focus on an activity that you love. 

 

Don’t Let Your Diet Suffer And Continue To Eat Fresh

 

Diet is one of those fundamental aspects of everyday life that dictate your level of energy, mood and overall mental health and wellbeing. If you not consuming healthy food in your diet it can be really easy to start slipping into the cycle of not having enough energy to do the things you love, therefore, leading to you spending more time inside than you should be. There is also a physical health aspect that you should also be mindful of. If you are constantly eating takeaways and your consuming very little fresh and healthy food you may find yourself building up weight which then knocks your mental health. 

 

Connect With Your Loved Ones Even If It’s Virtually 

 

Staying in contact with the people they mean the most to you will be the single most important aspect as we go into the latest lockdown. The festive period is a time where we should all come together and spend quality time together, whilst we may not be able to do this in person there are now ways we can do this virtually. Virtual conference platforms such as Zoom, Skype and Facetime allow us to continue chatting to our loved one’s whether they live at the bottom of the road or across the county. This level of communication will help you feel like you feel connected, even when times are hard. 

 

Never Be Afraid To Ask For Help When You Need It

 

If there is ever a point when you start feeling low you must get in contact with someone who you know and trust. Whether it is calling up a long term friend or a family member, please reach out. It’s completely normal for your mental health and wellbeing to suffer during these uncertain times and I can honestly say I am one that has experienced this first hand. By reaching out to someone in your time of need will help ground you and remind you that it’s not all bad. Life will return to normal but until then look after yourself and those around you.