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Posted on Friday, May 22, 2020

6 ways to prioritise your mental health

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week, 1st for Women Insurance spoke to Helen Hajiyiannis, Director of Centre for AIDS Development, Research and Evaluation (CADRE). Helen offers this practical advice on navigating the emotional tsunami of COVID-19:

  • Establish a new routine at home, as routines have been disrupted by Covid-19. Plan regular activities that help you feel good.
  • Counter isolation from friends and family by setting up virtual lunch and coffee dates via the various technology available.
  • Spend time on self-care - this is not selfish but necessary. Make time to look after yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually, and ensure adequate rest, nutrition and exercise.
  • A key component of self-care is debriefing. Informal check-in sessions amongst colleagues or family members is also useful to build support and social cohesion.
  • If you feel overwhelmed, there are ways to get support. Talk to your colleagues, your friends, family, or someone that you trust about how you are feeling. Remember you are not alone in this situation – your peers are likely to be experiencing similar things to you – and you can support each other.
  • Be compassionate to yourself and to others. It is okay to say that you are not okay.

We are all impacted in some way by the ripple effects of COVID-19 – from isolation and social distancing to job losses and financial struggles. This can drastically impact our mental health. With this in mind, we encourage you to use this advice to help alleviate the burden, and take the necessary steps to prioritise your mental health.

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