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Mental Health Awareness Week: tips for COVID-19 times

Posted by Zoe McFarland on 18th May 2020

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, which is more important than ever right now.

The ONS has reported that COVID-19 has increased anxiety and reduced happiness levels, bringing them to the lowest they’ve been since they began collecting results in 2011. During a crisis this can be expected, but it means we need to prioritise our mental and physical health more than ever. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do that will help.

All year round, the likes of Mind, YoungMinds and the NHS offer ongoing support, tips and resources. While Public Health England (PHE) has launched Every Mind Matters, endorsed by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, where you can answer five questions to create a personalised “mind plan”.

And at Wildfire, we’re fortunate enough to have a Sanctus coach as an independent source of advice to help us feel at our best, as well as tips and tools from the PRCA.

We all perform better when we’re healthy, motivated, focused and have support. Here are some tips and ideas that might help:

Stay connected with others

Maintaining healthy relationships with people you trust is important and staying in touch with them will help them too.

Set a daily routine

Get up and get ready in the same way as normal and keep to the same hours you would normally work and go to bed if you can. As well as set new times to work out, get outdoors, clean and cook etc., to give your days structure.

Keep on top of difficult feelings

If you’re experiencing intense anxiety, try to focus on the things you can control, such as how you act, who you speak to and where you get information from. And acknowledge that some things are outside of your control.

Look after your body

Our physical health dramatically affects how we feel, so regular exercise, healthy eating and getting good-quality sleep are important.

Get outside

Vitamin D and fresh air cannot be underestimated, and exposure to nature re-energises us. Consider putting a plant close to where you’re working at home too!

Try new things

Check out free online tutorials and courses, music concerts, theatre productions and pub quizzes. Or learn a new skill or do something you’ve been putting off.

Take time to relax

Binge on Netflix, play video games, read, write, paint, do crosswords or jigsaw puzzles. Or meditation has been proven to help deal with stress, depression and anxiety. Do whatever works for you!

Zoe McFarland

Zoe has over six years’ B2B technology PR experience across a variety of sectors, including artificial intelligence, cyber security, IT software, marketing technology, 3D printing and Unified Communications. With a flair for media relationships, Zoe has also honed her skills in other complementary areas, including international agency network management, events co-ordination and product launches. Zoe prides herself on delivering stand-out results for clients and immerses herself in their businesses to make sure the right message gets to the right media. Always on top of the latest trends, Zoe has a love for news-jacking and a passion for injecting new ideas for maximum campaign impact. Zoe is also the office panda enthusiast – not that it would take you long to notice once you see her desk!

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