The Covid-19 pandemic has made us all the more aware of the need to protect our physical health and that of our family and friends. In these uncertain times, we are living with social distancing, self isolation and a steady stream of news from all over the world, not all of it founded in fact.
Protecting our mental health is equally important as our physical health. This is particularly so for young people who are experiencing new concerns about their future and are having to adapt rapidly to change to an unprecedented extent, with school closure and exam uncertainties.
The five steps for mental well-being can help us and our young people through this period.
1. Stay connected with family and friends. It may not feel so satisfying to not be physically with others, but we can still keep in touch, giving us mutual support and someone to share thoughts with and enjoy a laugh.
2.Be physically active. Essential for both body and mind.
3. Learn. we can adapt this concept of “learn” to keeping well informed and practising the personal hygiene guidance. Learning new skills generally is also a great way to focus the mind.
4. Give. Check in on family and friends and respond if you see they need some support. Acts of kindness are beneficial to others and also help our own well-being.
5. Pay attention to the present moment. Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness. Savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm life priorities.