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Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Mental Health Awareness Month

The RQA office decided to put together a few tips for working from home, particualrly what has helped our mental health since starting WFH:

Find someone you know who works for the NHS and personally tell them what a great job they are doing and do it every week

Form a small what’s app group and share your thoughts/stories etc.

Get outside and do some exercise when possible. Fresh air, sunshine (hopefully), and a change of scenery can make a huge difference to your mental state.

Watch or do anything that always make you laugh… it’s good for the soul"
 
"Reach out to a friend or acquaintance that you haven’t been in touch with for a while… it’s nice to know that people are thinking about you during this strange time.

Garden or get outside into beautiful nature.

Stay connected with family, friends and workmates; be there for them

Learn a new skill, take up a new hobby or start a new project

Do the things you love – cooking, dancing, reading, singing, gardening, etc.

Get the most out of your day by having a routine

I personally recommend http://www.reddit.com/r/InternetISBeautiful as it gives you endless possibilities and experiences via different websites on the internet. Some are useful for future use (such as ways of saving money) and some just there to pass the time (for example the ability to type in 3 songs you like for it to then recommend you a new song that you may also like).
Reddit also gives you a platform to search for common interests, share your experiences and talk to people that also share those same interests. It’s a great way to pass the time and talk to new people during lockdown because one thing to remember is that you are never really alone in this world.

Indulge in your hobbies – personally, I have been sewing (got to use that fabric stash at some point)"
 
"Reaching out to people you haven’t spoken to for a while.  Technology makes this so easy"
 
"Cleaning, tidying and sorting, creates a sense of calmness and order"
 
"Working my way through the small jobs to do list – gives a sense of achievement.

Click here for a useful link from the UK government.

 

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