During this challenging time, it is important that we look after our mental health as this, in turn, maintains both our general wellbeing and our Oral health. Oral Health is an important part of general physical health and is essential for self-esteem, self-confidence, and overall quality of life. There is a well-established link between mental illness and poor oral health.
We would like to give you some hints and tips on how to look after your mental health at home.
- Stay connected with people: It is hugely important to stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues. This can be through messaging, telephoning, video calls or just spending some quality time with the people you live with. Why not create online versions of the things you would normally do. You could watch a film together, set up a virtual book club or even exercise together over video chat.
- Create a new daily routine: When your normal routine has altered, like it has for many people at this time, a sense of structure has disappeared. Try to stick to your normal routine as much as possible – get up and go to bed at the same time, have your meals at the same time and keep exercising when you normally would. It may help to write down a plan for the tasks you would like to complete in the day.
- Get as much sunlight, fresh air, and nature as you can: Get as much natural light as you can – spend time in your garden if you have one or even just sit on your doorstep for a bit and soak in the sun. It is important to make sure you are getting the benefits of sun, air, and nature even while your time outside is limited.
- Make sure you are healthy: Physical health can affect our Mental Health. Make sure you are eating healthy, balanced meals and staying hydrated. Try to do physical activity as much as you can in your home or garden as this is proven to have positive effects on Mental Health.
- Talk about it: If you are feeling anxious or stressed about the current situation, it can help to talk about what you are experiencing. Make sure you talk to family or friends about how you are feeling as many people are feeling the same so talking can help everyone feel less alone. Sometimes just saying things out loud can make them immediately seem less overwhelming.
- Try to manage how you are following the news: There is so much media coverage about the coronavirus now and that can be overwhelming. While it is important to stay informed about government decisions and health advice, the amount of content out there can feel like too much. Make sure you are fact checking anything you read about the outbreak with reliable sources.
- Do things you enjoy: Plan special time into your day to do things that you enjoy, whether that is reading, watching TV, drawing, or chatting with friends. If you cannot do your favourite activities or hobbies inside, then this time might be a good opportunity to learn something new.