Wellbeing tips for mental, physical, and financial health

You may have been struggling with your Wellbeing during Covid-19. Managing everyday life and engaging with your work can be challenging, and you might also be finding it harder to keep up your regular exercise routine. Perhaps you’ve encountered an impact on your finances as well, which is causing you stress?

All of this is understandable at such an unprecedented time. While there are normally many traditional resources available to help you, during a time like this, the usual advice no longer applies. This guide will cover how to be aware of difficulties, stay resilient, and improve your mental, physical, and Financial Wellbeing.

REMEMBER IT'S OK TO NOT BE OK
No matter how much good news you've been reading (we're looking at you, goats of Llandudno ), it's natural to feel worried or anxious during a global crisis. Be patient with yourself, be honest with those around you, and be mindful of how they're feeling. Managing Mental Wellbeing Starts by accepting how you feel.

BE PREPARED
You don't have to plan in-depth: no one can predict the future, and that causes a lot of anxiety anyway. Instead, understand what the current situation means for different areas of your life. Speak to your employer about benefits and other support that’s available. Explore your area and see if there’s help being offered by local charities, neighbourhood organisations, and volunteers. Knowing what’s out there to keep you going, reduces uncertainty and gives you some peace of mind.

FIND WAYS TO TAKE TIME OUT
Everyone's living situation is different. Perhaps you're in a house full of kids, or maybe you live alone? Either way, find time to concentrate on yourself and what you enjoy.

Carve time out of the day for a personal break. You could start a new hobby such as playing music or painting. If you can't justify spending money on equipment, then drawing and reading are excellent excuses to take some time out. Having a hobby gives you a purpose beyond scrolling through the headlines on your phone!

You've also probably heard of mindfulness - this means connecting to the moment you're in, and it's a wonderful way to relieve anxiety. Meditation and breathing exercises are two mindfulness activities that only require you and your breath.

Make sure your family or housemates know not to disturb you when you have your break, and respect the time that they take for themselves. If you live alone, step away from your laptop or phone and treat yourself to half an hour of reading, doing a puzzle, or another enjoyable activity

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH FRIENDS
Remember, you're not alone. If you haven’t seen your friends or family in person for a while, connect with them in a different way if you can. Whether that's by phone, video call, or otherwise, keeping in touch gives you a sense of normality. Make sure you talk to people who make you feel positive, but don't overdo it. A busy Zoom party every night could be too much even for the most outgoing of us! Take time out, respect your usual boundaries and leave some 'you' time.

ASK FOR HELP
Finally, no matter how well you follow our tips, there might be times when you need someone else to step in and support you. Keep in touch with friends and family and work about your worries. If you think you're suffering from depression and it's having a severe impact on your everyday life, contact Samaritans or find dedicated help on the NHS website.
 

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