Mental health and wellbeing during Covid-19

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home.

You may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you.

It's important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.

How does physical activity help our mental health?

From May 18-24 it is Mental Health Awareness week. The team here at Active Derbyshire have been sharing the ways they help manage their mental health during this time and also reflecting on how physical activity helps them personally. What do you do to help manage your mental health and well being?

"At a time when I was going through a tough period work-wise, being able to run and bike enabled me to work through those times with a smile. Becoming a 'Badger' opened up a new set of friends who were really supportive and remain people who I am close to."

"This was taken near the end of an evening bike ride. Physical activity helps my mental health and wellbeing as it allows me to achieve something, relieves my anxieties throughout the day by letting my body do what it needs to physically do if I've been stationery at work, it also releases endorphins so I feel energised- being a parent is tiring!

It also grounds me when I exercise in nature. I don't think about the exercise I'm doing as I'm too busy taking in all the incredible sights, smells and sounds."

"Lunchtime runs with a view are helping my mental health"

"Catching up with my oldest best friends over the phone or zoom, or the impromptu What's App banter – we all live in different parts of the UK. The conversation's daft and is guaranteed to lift your mood. Getting outside and moving helps to- I know I get "cabin fever" and have a terrible fidgeting habit- fresh air sorts it all out, little and often works for me. "

"I like to run to get outside and clear my head. It always lifts my mood! I encourage my daughter to come along to hopefully get her into an activity habit for life."

Every morning I go for a walk. I get up early and leave the house before most people are up. This makes me feel I "own the day" because I'm the first to see it. It's a bit like walking on fresh snow, when its all laid out perfectly with no footprints or blemishes and there is a sense of preciousness about this unspoiled state.

When I'm walking I try not to think about anything except what I sense directly (i.e. see, hear smell etc). Of course I find myself thinking about work, family etc, but when I notice I just go back to taking in what is around me.

When I get home I feel like I've achieved something – and even if the rest of the day doesn't go to plan I still have the sense that the day has not been all bad.

Looking after your mind

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