CIPD, in partnership with Simplyhealth, released their health and well-being at work 2020 report and found that 60% of organisations reported an increase in common mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, among employees last year. It is presumed that the current Coronavirus crisis will worsen these conditions for many.
We have put together some tips on how you can improve your mental health and well-being while staying at home.
Five tips to improve your mental health and well-being
Keep in contact with family and friends
Although we must stay at home, it is still important to connect with your family and friends. Instead of visiting relatives, give them a phone call, video chat them or use social media to keep in touch with your nearest and dearest. Lots of people are finding the current situation difficult, so staying in touch may help them too. Good relationships are vital for your mental wellbeing.
Eat well and exercise
Exercise regularly. You can leave your house to exercise, so whatever you enjoy doing whether that’s walking, running or cycling – make time for it. Alternatively, there are thousands of free online exercise classes you can do from the comfort of your own home. As well as staying active, try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals and drink plenty of water.
Get enough sleep
When it comes to your mental health, getting enough sleep is essential. Get a good routine in place, such as going to bed at a similar time each night as this will help regulate your body clock and make falling asleep easier. A good night’s sleep can improve your mood, make you more productive and improve your concentration during the day.
Learn new skills
Research shows that learning new skills can improve your mental wellbeing, in addition to boosting your confidence and giving you a sense of achievement. If you have always wanted to learn how to cook, now is the time. Consider signing up for an online course or take up a new hobby such as learning to paint or writing a blog.
Take time to relax
Take time out from your normal daily routine. Try practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga or pilates. Listen to music, read a book or watch your favourite documentary on Netflix. It is important to take breaks, even if it is just for a few minutes.
More advice can be found in nijobfinder’s career advice area.