Please click on link above to a recent article in the Metro about the impact of the election on mental health.  The article suggests the following five ways to look after your mental health: 

- make time to relax

- make time for family and friends

- get good sleep

- look after your physical health

- use your support netwworks, including your GP if necessary.


Make time to relax If you know that a certain activity helps you feel more relaxed, set aside time to do it – whether it be mindfulness practice, being active by going for a run or swim, listening to music or taking your dog for a walk. Even five minutes of relaxation can help. Make time for family and friends When you’re on the campaign trail at all hours this might seem impossible, but it can help you feel more positive and less isolated. Sometimes just telling the people close to you how you’re feeling can make a big difference. Get good sleep Stress can make it difficult for you to sleep, and you may develop sleep problems. However, being well-rested can increase your ability to deal with difficult situations, so it is important to get good sleep while campaigning. Making sure where you sleep is comfortable and relaxing before you go to bed, including having some tech-free time, can help. Look after your physical health When you’re on the move, it can be easy to eat too much of the wrong kinds of food or to eat too little. But what, and when, you eat can make a big difference to how well you feel, and physical activity can be important for reducing stress levels too. Use your support network If you feel like you need some professional support, you can speak to your doctor. They can check your overall health, and help you access treatments. Mind

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