We know kicking off 2021 with Lockdown 3.0 has been a huge blow to our morale. So many of us are stuck at home unable to do the things we enjoy and see our loved ones. There is no doubting how tough this has been on everyone.
Here at DM Recruitment, we knew what we needed to do…
Introducing Winston – our new office mascot!
Winston is joining the DM team, spreading joy with his adorable little face! We hope you will be able to meet him soon!
Pets are great for mental health. They can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, ease loneliness and increase how much we exercise.
As not everyone can have a Winston in their lives, here are some little tips on how to combat anxiety and depression through this challenging time.
Maintain a routine
Establishing a daily routine with structure is so simple but really effective. Sleeping too much or not enough, not looking after yourself, not eating properly and not exercising will only feed depression. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat well and regularly, and get fresh air and exercise every day – it will really help!
This might sound like a cliché but expressing gratitude can really help take yourself out of a negative mindset. If you can think of one thing a day that you’re grateful for – whether it be your mate sending you a message, a stunning sun rise, or baking a killer banana bread, then take a moment to appreciate it. It could help boost your mood.
Make time for the things that make you happy
You might like dancing to 70’s disco in the kitchen, walking along muddy tracks, reading a book in the bath or kicking a football around – make time for these things every day. It will make you smile and ease your stress.
Break the cycle
When you’re feeling isolated or finding things tough, it can be easy for negative feelings to start spiraling. If you can find a way to break the cycle and distract yourself, you could give a new meaning to your day. You could take up something new like yoga, knitting, growing vegetables, learning a language, writing a book, or becoming a master chef! Giving yourself something new to focus on should reduce those negative thoughts.
These are just some of our ideas. If you need help, there are some incredible organisations out there. We support Shropshire Mind, who offer support to those affected by mental and emotional distress, and their families.
Here are some useful numbers:
· Shropshire Mind 01743 368 647
· Mind (UK) 0300 123 3393
· The Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service (England) 0300 5000 927
· Hafal (Wales) 01792 816 600
· Samaritans116 123(free 24-hour helpline)
More information is available here.
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