Ellie gives her best tips for getting through another lockdown as we navigate our way through a repeat of what we endured earlier this year. Her message is simple we have been here before we can get through it again.

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of these lockdowns. Like I thought it was bad enough back in March when things went, how should I put it...a tad bonkers. First it was the toilet paper debacle then the pasta, the tinned goods, the flour, the eggs, the sugar; I could go on but I think you get the picture.

The effect the lockdown has had on mental health is no one’s business. People are getting diagnosed with all sorts of conditions and there has never been a greater need and demand on our mental health service that our beloved NHS provides. People are really struggling to cope with the new pressures of having to juggle working from home, teaching and looking after children and trying to adjust to a new way of doing things.

The first lockdown was something no one would have predicted or really saw coming whereas the second one was inevitable, something had to be done. However, the feeling I am getting is everyone is a tad fed up, and it seems like not so long ago that we came out of the first lockdown. Now, do not even get me started on what could have been a spectacular summer if Covid had never graced our shores! If I had a pound for every time I heard someone talk about a cancelled plan, outing, birthday or holiday I could retire now, live a life of luxury and more likely spend most of it on one of my hypo-manic spending sprees. Although, that wouldn’t be a bad thing though as I could probably single headedly prop up our economy in just a few short blissful days of spending.

 It is fair to say that this year for most of us has been cancelled or shall we say put on ice to thaw out until probably middle of next year sometime when hopefully this Covid will be a distance memory. Moreover, Covid 19 will be one year for the history books that our grandchildren and their children will study and baulk over.

Now here are some tips for staying sane this Lockdown:
1) take time out to go for a walk to get some fresh air and clear your mind.
2) take time out of your day to phone a friend or loved one to help stay connected. I often like to go for a walk when I do this.
3) make some time to read that book you always wanted to as this a great way to unwind.
4) try a new recipe or style of cuisine to cook to mix up your dinner or lunches.
5) start writing Christmas cards early as this year more than ever is a time that people need to know you are thinking of them.
6) start Christmas present shopping now, that way you don’t leave it to the last minute, which will hopefully help you avoid yourself getting into a tizzy. 
7) if you have the patience try doing some mindfulness each day whether that is breathing exercises, yoga or colouring for example as this is a great way to find your inner calm.
8) Find time to join our online eCommunity as it’s a great way to get support from our friendly users. This forum is moderated, anonymous and 24/7.
9)why not take part in our national zoom meetings, our specific workshops that we run or even our live streams on Facebook.
10) lastly if you need an ear to listen to then why not get in contact with us via email or leave us a voicemail and you can speak to a member of the team.