The pandemic has affected us all in a variety of different ways, changing our lives overnight - and there can be no denying that the crisis, coupled with the ensuing lockdown restrictions, has really taken its toll, physically, mentally and emotionally.
New research from Public Health England (PHE) has just revealed the extent of the mental wellbeing implications of the pandemic, finding that 49 per cent of adults say it has had a negative impact on their mental health, with significant proportions of the population reporting elevated feelings of anxiety, stress, sleep problems and low mood.
Common themes emerged, including missing friends and family, loneliness, uncertainty about the future (including financial and employment worries) and concerns about the safety and health of family members.
To help provide a further avenue of support, PHE has launched the Better Health - Every Mind Matters campaign to help people take care of their mental health and wellbeing at this time, as well as helping support friends and family.
After filling out a short questionnaire, people will then receive a personalised action plan to help them manage their stress and anxiety, with the hub also featuring practical tips and support for dealing with uncertainty, money and job worries, and looking after both their own and other people’s mental wellbeing during lockdown.
Nadine Dorries, minister for mental health, said: “It is understandable that many of us will be feeling fed up, worried and anxious about the weeks ahead.
“For most, these feelings will subside as we draw on our own resilience, adapt to new circumstances and take comfort from the hope of better days ahead. However, there are simple steps we can all be taking to improve our mental wellbeing.”
You may also find it helpful to speak to an online therapist if you’re struggling and feel that talking to someone could be beneficial to you now and in the future. It’s important to know that you’re not alone and we’re all experiencing difficulties at the moment - and there’s certainly no shame in seeking help if you need it.
Going it alone can be even more damaging but talking to a professional with experience in dealing with depression, anxiety, stress and other mental health conditions can be hugely beneficial.
It can help you feel more empowered, giving you new insights about your own life, while providing you with a raft of different coping strategies to help you manage your levels of distress, as well as teaching you how to make healthier lifestyle choices.
It’s also often a lot easier to talk about your stresses and worries with a complete stranger than with those who are closest to you. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch with The Mindful Therapist today.