Mental Health during the coronavirus- Neharika Limbu, Kingsley Academy

To avoid more deaths from the coronavirus, the UK has been under lockdown since March 23rd. As per government orders, everyone should stay at home as much as possible and leave the house only once a day for exercise and when it is necessary to buy necessities.

Under these tight regulations, many are spending hours isolated or bundled closely with family. During these stressful times, it is no wonder that many are feeling lonely or caged in. Recent concerns for the mental health of Britons have been raised. Having many more hours of free time means it is very important to spend that time wisely.

The NHS recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise a week for any health benefits at all. This can be done by exercising 25-30 minutes every day with a moderately raised heartbeat. The benefits of exercise are endless, especially as many will not be walking very much under lockdown. Although schools and universities have closed, it is vital to keep your mind stimulated also. This can be done by reading, playing instruments, learning a new language or simply completing a crossword puzzle.

These activities increase cognitive function and will make you happier, which will contribute to greatly improving your mental health and making you a healthier individual all round. Taking care of your body is one of the most significant actions you can do to become a successful person.

To summarise, to keep your mental health stable, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle under lockdown and thereafter.

Neharika Limbu

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