Tuesday, 13 April 2021

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE: Once again the UK is living under tough but necessary restrictions as we battle COVID-19. Vaccines offer us hope and a way out but, until then, we must all play our part in together beating the virus. We look at the many ways we can continue to stay at home and enjoy life.   Mental wellbeing  There are things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing at this time. Every Mind Matters can get you started with a free NHS online plan, showing you simple steps to help manage anxiety, sleep better, and boost your mood. ·         For your mental health action plan, search Every Mind Matters today For more information go to  As COVID-19 tightens its grip, lockdown restrictions have again been put in place, and are likely to remain for some time to come. Schools to shops, work to pubs, restaurants, cinemas and gyms – all aspects of our lives are affected amid the UK Government and Devolved Administrations’ clear clarion calls to stay at home. Those on the NHS frontline continue to bear the brunt of the pandemic while other key workers are keeping operating essential services such as supermarkets, pharmacies, waste collection and deliveries. We can all play our part on the path to freedom. All we have to do is obey the rules. Life in lockdown is undoubtedly different. But, embrace it, and it can offer new opportunities.  Take up a hobby, learn a skill, exercise, read, bake, take up a craft and complete jobs around the house you have been putting off. New ...

Lockdowns have been tough on us all. It’s OK to admit that, while recognising you’re worried or anxious, bored or lonely. Mental health help is at hand with things you can do to help yourself and support to turn to. TOP TIPS ·         Running and walking can help kick off feelings of restlessness, and the ever-changing scenery and outdoor space is also conducive to improved mental health ·          Take up a new hobby such as reading, writing, crosswords, jigsaws, baking, drawing or painting ·          Learn something new at home – there are many free online courses and tutorials available. ·         Stay social, even in isolation, by joining virtual book clubs, pub quizzes and music stream events   Your mind matters! Taking care of your mental as well as physical health has never been more vital. “It’s important to remember there is no ‘normal’ response to the pandemic and your feelings might change day to day,” assured Mind mental health charity Head of Information Stephen Buckley (pictured), here answering your most commonly asked questions.  Q: What is the difference between being diagnosed with depression and feeling depressed? A: Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time and affects your everyday life. In its mildest form, depression can mean just being in low spirits. At its most severe, depression can be life-threatening because it can make you feel suicidal. We all have times when our mood is low, and we’re feeling sad or miserable about life. Usually, ...

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