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A message from Paxton Green former GP

Mental Health Maintenance

Here are 10 points to help maintain wellbeing and mental health: 

  1. Firstly, check your employment and benefits rights so you know what you are entitled to and where you may need support. 
  2. Plan your day: make a list of practical things that need doing and feel good as you slowly tick them off. 
  3. Stay in touch with friends and family or support groups and set up regular communications on the phone or by video. 
  4. Voice your concerns or worries with those who support you and try to rationalise your
    thoughts. Write things down if there’s no one immediately available. 
  5. Look after your body and health: 
  6. Eat regular balanced meals 
    • Drink plenty of water 
    • Avoid alcohol, drugs, smoking and overeating sweet things 
    • Exercise:  
      1. Indoors, e.g. 10 min workout, Dance to your favourite song. 
      2. Outdoors: go for a walk every day and maybe meet a friend. 
  7. Reduce anxiety – ask for help if feeling overwhelms you, use relaxation and breathing 
  8. Limit the amount of News you watch; don’t tune in all day! Use trusted sites 
  9. Do things you enjoy: hobbies, cooking, reading, quizzes, concerts on radio/TV, try new things. 
  10. Relax: set aside a little time each day to just be and use those breathing and relaxation techniques. 
  11. Sleep properly: Have a bedtime routine, don’t watch upsetting material before bed, have a warm bath and a good book. 

I hope this helps 

Dr Louise 

PGTB Health Editor 

Dr Louise is a Paxton Green Time Bank (PGTB) Trustee and a GP at Paxton Green Group Practice where PGTB was founded.  

If you have, any questions about the new government guidelines or Covid – 19 for Dr Louise please let the Time Bank Team know and they will pass them on to Dr Louise.  

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