Injured? Stuck at home? Can’t work? If you’re forced to stay indoors for long periods of time, whether it’s because of an injury or because of a government-ordered lockdown, then the effects on your mental health can be considerable. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, this concern is more widely-shared than it ever has been.
So how do you remain positive and hopeful when your normal life is on hold? How do you look after your mental health when you’re in this strange, unusual situation? Here are a few tips to make your life a little easier and less painful. We hope this post will bring some brightness and hope into your heart.
It’s Good to Talk
Social isolation can take a bit of a toll on your state of mind. For this reason, it’s good to take advantage of the friends and family you have, and pick up the phone to get in touch with them. If you’re the sort of person who’s naturally disposed to conversation, then this might be invaluable, but even if you aren’t, it’s a good idea to get a little bit of chat in here and there.
Limit Social Media
While social media can be damaging for its attention-grabbing, rage-inspiring qualities, it still has a role to play when you’re housebound, and so it’s difficult to recommend doing away with it entirely. If you’d like to restore a bit of structure to your day, then it’s worth downloading an app that’ll block certain websites during working hours – that way you can concentrate on what’s important.
Don’t Neglect Exercise
If you’re recovering from an injury, you might find it difficult to get exercise into your day. Find out what physical activity you can safely perform, and see how you can incorporate it into your day. In most cases, a gradual increase in exercise will represent an important part of your recovery, and it’ll bolster your mental health, too.
Take Up a Hobby
If you’re going to be spending a lot of time indoors, then channelling your energy into a hobby will give you a creative outlet, and allow you to build up a new skill at the same time.
If you’ve been injured as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you might be struggling financially – which can be a source of considerable stress. Getting in touch with the National Accident Helpline and getting the compensation you’re entitled to will help to relieve the burden.
Exposure to sunlight has long been linked with improved mental health. The same can be said of looking at the green things in your garden. If you aren’t physically capable of taking up gardening, then it’s still worth enjoying those spare moments out in the fresh air.
Don’t be Afraid to Seek Help
In some cases, you might find that things are getting all a little bit too much. If you feel like you’re struggling, then don’t be afraid to seek professional help. While talking to friends and family is important, they might lack the expertise to offer you the coping advice you need – this is where contacting someone with training can be invaluable.