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Six evidenced-based ways to look after your mental health during another lockdown

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Already experiencing pandemic fatigue, many of us feel ill-prepared for another lockdown. Yet this is what we must do, and maybe not for the last time.

The problem is, the pervasive effects of the pandemic and the restrictions imposed as a way of containing it seem designed to harm our mental health, cutting us off from the things that give our lives meaning and bring us pleasure. With no clear end in sight, coronavirus is having a significant negative effect on mental health with many of us experiencing stress, anxiety and insomnia.

So what can we do in the face of another lockdown? We need to take proactive steps to protect our psychological wellbeing. Here’s what can help.

Psychological wellbeing

Our most comprehensive understanding of mental wellbeing comes from American psychologist and resilience expert Carol Ryff. According to Ryff’s model, in order to experience psychological wellbeing:

  • You need to believe that your life has purpose and meaning
  • You should feel that you have autonomy
  • You should be experiencing personal growth
  • You should feel that you are managing your life well
  • You should have positive relationships
  • You should know yourself well

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