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Mind yourself Expert tips on how to look after your mental health during Covid-19 lockdown

"As this winds down people will become more thankful and joyous to be part of something whereas before we tended to be a little bit more distant as a result of social media and all that kind of stuff.”


WE spoke to Martin Matthews from Shine.ie about how to help our mental health amid the latest national lockdown and he shares some of his tips in this video.

Shine is a national organisation that provides information and support for people affected by mental health difficulties.

They support individuals and family members through individual and group work and through counselling, and training and education led by professionals and peers.

They are the only national mental health organisation specifically founded to help all family members.

Their vision is of an Ireland where everyone affected by mental health difficulties has the right to recovery and the opportunity to achieve the best quality of life.

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Martin Matthews

Martin Matthews

Martin Matthews

So, how can you improve your mental health in lockdown?

“Sometimes all you need to do, is be heard", Martin says.

“Look after your diet and make sure that if you are using alcohol or whatever, that you use it sparingly.

“You know, it is a social thing but when it becomes something else, it can become quite difficult.

“Make space for yourself too. ‘Passive consumption of leisure’ as they call it, where you're just sitting there passively…if we look at most people's experience of mental health difficulties the difficulty is within society and socially and how we live a particular life.

“So it's coming back to, and it can be quite difficult, getting to know yourself, to be okay with yourself and tell yourself it's okay. Tell yourself that what's happening now is okay and that it will pass."

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Martin Matthews

Martin Matthews

Martin Matthews

"Anxiety and stress, there's theories out there that it's part of evolution, to drive you towards socialisation.

“But I think that now we can’t socialise even that’s a bit more difficult now. But as this winds down people will become more thankful and joyous to be part of something whereas before we tended to be a little bit more distant as a result of social media and all that kind of stuff.”

Shine can be contacted on shine.ie or by calling 01-5413715.

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