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Five tips for managing your wellbeing in lockdown

Published: 03/11/2020

At the beginning of the previous lockdown, we introduced a member of our marketing teams mum, Lou Goldsmith, a local Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor who kindly shared some useful tips for managing your wellbeing.

As we are entering a second national lockdown, we thought it might be a good idea to share these tips again to help you manage your wellbeing.


Nurture your relationships with family and friends

Whether through Skype, FaceTime or voice message be intentional and deliberate and regular about being in touch with others. This helps us feel connected in a very real sense that messages do not provide.


Be mindful of how much media you are consuming

Do you really need to watch the news before bed or first thing in the morning? Do you really need reminding throughout the day how terrible it all is, how many deaths and how badly some people are behaving?  

It is of course important to stay informed, but consider a routine of once a day for the news and monitor and restrict your scrolling through digital media.  Your brain reacts to what you feed it!  

If you feed it doom and gloom all day, your body will oblige you with the appropriate response- more adrenaline- more fear.


Build projects and events into your diary

Although life is on 'pause' it won't always be this way. Spend some time daydreaming about all the things you would like to do in the future. Loosely plan for some activities you could do next year.

Maybe even make a vision board to remind your brain of all the things there are to look forward to.

What things can you do now for yourself or around the house so that when you finally emerge from this crisis, you emerge a better more organised person?

Maybe there is a hobby that you have always wanted to try - look online as there are so many good things on offer.


Take a walk and be mindful of your surroundings

Nature is a huge support to our mental health.  While we are limited to where we can go, we can start to become much more focused on our immediate surroundings.  This means we can appreciate the marvellous things around us that previously we would have missed due to our busy lives.  


Keep a routine

When we go to work, we naturally do this.  Suddenly finding yourself at home can throw our routines out, especially at the beginning where things feel a bit novel and almost like we are on 'holiday'.

Motivation is gained in doing things, whereas sitting around will decrease motivation as it provides space for ruminating.  Rumination is the prerequisite to depression.

Take charge of your brain and send the message that you have important tasks to achieve and routine will help you accomplish this.
If anyone feels they are in need of counselling and feels Lou might be the person to help, during this time she is offering telephone counselling sessions.

Lou’s contact details: 07539 274876 / louise.counsellingservices@yahoo.co.uk

Lou’s website: https://www.lougoldsmithcounsellingservices.com

For further tips and advice on staying at home from the NHS, see here.

Details of charities and organisations offering help, support/or advice for those struggling with their mental health:


CALM
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Mind
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
Website: www.mind.org.uk

Samaritans
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

Bereavement
Cruse Bereavement Care
Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Website: www.cruse.org.uk

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)

0300 111 5065
uk-sobs.org.uk

PAPYRUS
https://www.papyrus-uk.org/

The Silver Line Helpline – 0800 4 70 80 90
The Silver Line is the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK open every day and night of the year.