Some Top Tips for Coping With The Lockdown

The Covid-19 pandemic and current lockdown situation has brought loss, anxiety and disruption into all of our lives or the spectre that awful things might happen.

This being so, never has it been so important to look after our mental wellbeing. Our friendly, qualified and professional staff team are available to support you to do just that – to look after and help you to achieve emotional resilience. We can provide information, guidance and listening ear throughout the current lockdown, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need support.

Top Tips For Improving Lockdown Wellbeing

Please see some ideas in the list below to help to make the current lockdown more bearable, and to enhance you mental wellbeing:

• Make time to speak to family and friends, either over the telephone, using Zoom, Face-time, Whatsapp etc. or why not send a text or write an email or letter?
• Where you don’t have family and friends to connect with we are here to provide regular befriending and welfare support (calls are free)
• Reconnect with your hobbies (reading, listening to music, cooking, art & crafts)
• Get active; activity gives you mind something different to think about instead of dwelling on worrying or negative thoughts; like when you are inactive (even doing routine chores are good for your mental health)
• Exercise inside; yoga, stretches, running on the spot or try to do some form of external exercise, going for a walk, run or cycle
• Don't spend too much time on social media, or over watching of the news (especially close to bed time)
• Be kind to other people, and yourself we are all human, and allowed good and bad days - Don't be too be hard on yourself, if you make mistake or don’t achieve what you wanted too that’s ok
• Look after your diet, eat healthy, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables doing this helps our immune system
• Allow yourself treats (like hot baths, hot chocolate and pizza nights) make this part of your weekly routine – something to look forward to
• Wrap up warm, and enjoy the outdoors; if you have children, take the kids out for walks (puddle jumping can be fun – take care not to slip though)
• Try to take notice of nature and small things around you, like a tree or a ray of sunshine, the stars, sunset, sunrise, listen to bird song – appreciate the beauty of the world around us
• Plan for the future; could you engage in a distance learning online or a short course? What holidays or trips could you plan for once we are able to travel again – we all need hopes and dreams to look forward to.
• Practice to fill in a gratitude log daily, with all the things you are thankful for, even if they only seem small, they will soon add up

Give a few a try and see what works for you. All the staff at Darlington Mind would like to wish you all to stay safe and take care of yourselves and others, keep positive and know that there are better times ahead.

For Further Mental Well-Being Support

Please remember that Darlington Mind is here for you – throughout the lockdown, we are offering services by appointment, or over the phone and online. If you or someone you know is in need, we are here to assist you, please contact us today:
Email: or Mobile: 07572 888084 – see our services and support

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