How you can take care of your mental health while the suspension measures continue.

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Many of us hoped that the lockdown would ease and that things would continue to gradually return to “normality” – but unfortunately this is not the case.

It has become clear that the pandemic will be a longer-term challenge than we might have first thought.

Our “new normal” presents many of us with new and familiar challenges

“Many of us suffer and still suffer from anxiety, depression and other diseases”.

At a meeting of the Sefton Council’s Health and Well-being Committee in September, public health adviser Dr Rory McGill said: “The after-effects [of Covid-19]on mental health are in themselves a second wave.

Unfortunately, our ‘new normal’ has brought both familiar and new mental health challenges for many people.

We are now in the eight months of some form of containment in the Region and many of us are feeling the strain.

But there are a number of ways in which you can take care of your mental health in these uncertain times.

We live in the midst of a global crisis and the constant fear, panic and anxiety that it brings.

Stop putting so much pressure on yourself. Some days you will do the absolute minimum – and that’s fine.

It is only natural that you may not be as productive as you would be under normal circumstances.

Without things like physically going to work to interrupt our days, it can be all too easy to fall out of routine.

But having some structure in our days helps us to have better control over things and helps to reduce stress levels.

mindful.org says: “Mindfulness is available to us at every moment, whether through meditation and body scans or through mindful moment practices, such as taking time to pause and breathe when the phone rings instead of answering it in a hurry.

This need not be complicated. It can be as simple as taking a few deep breaths.

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