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Maintain your mental health whilst self-isolating

As well as the practical challenges of life and work during the pandemic, self-isolation and social distancing measures present new challenges for employee health and wellbeing.

We have taken some of the best advice compiled from the resources available at the Coronavirus Hub to help protect your mental health during the lock down period.

Connect with people

Stay connected with those you care about with these ideas from Mind.

  • Make plans to video chat with people or groups you’d normally see in person.
  • Arrange phone calls or send instant messages or texts.

See more practical advice on how to protect your mental health during this uncertain time from Mind here.

Look after your sleep

Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel, so it's important to get enough.

Try to maintain your regular sleeping pattern and stick to good sleep practices.

View the tips on how to get a good sleep from the NHS here.

Use support that is available

Many employers offer Employee Assistance Programmes. Use these wherever you need - many have dedicated apps and websites and they aren't just about counselling.

  • If you have ongoing health or mental health conditions, even if they aren't disclosed, your employer has a duty to make reasonable adjustments, including additional support from managers, or equipment.
  • It's quite likely that we will need to accept a certain amount of distress and anxiety relating to the outbreak, in the short and medium term. If you have self-care techniques that work for you, try and make sure that you have what you need. You may need to think differently - for example doing exercise workouts from videos instead of attending classes. You may want to consider looking at mindfulness practice or finding ways to help others in your community. Self-compassion, and support for others is going to be very important.

The Mental Health Foundation have more information here on how to look after your mental health while working during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Physical fitness is important too

The NHS have created the strength and flex workout plan that will get you into shape.

Find out how this 5-week plan will help you get up and moving and improve your health and wellbeing, delivered through 5 podcasts.

Find out more about the programme here.

For more information:

See the resources on how to optimise your mental health during the lock down period, at the British Chambers of Commerce Coronavirus Hub.

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