This coronavirus pandemic has shaken up all of our lives. Some people have been affected more severely than others, with their lives irrecoverably changed. Our hearts, here at Turning Point, go out to all those suffering. We also wanted to remind everyone at home of some of the very important dos and don’ts of being in lockdown. We must ensure that we as a country do not fall into a secondary health crisis as a result of the coronavirus, which has been touted as a genuine concern for our public services. The mental health of everyone in the country is equally as important as our physical health, and so we must ensure that we protect it.
Here are several pieces of advice that we at TPUK advise for everyone at home:
- Keeping away from substance abuse is of the utmost importance. During the many hours at home, it is very easy to fill time with activities that do pass the time, but are also destructive to one’s physical and mental health. Over-indulging in drink and other substances may have serious long-term consequences that are best avoided. So, for the short time we are at home, it is best to be wary of falling into the trap of substance abuse.
- Following on from the previous point, it is not just the actively harmful ways we hurt ourselves with that we must be wary of, but also the passive decline we may find ourselves in. Staying at home for hours on end is incredibly mind-numbing and can also be destructive in the long term. For this reason, it is very important to keep one’s brain active and stimulated. Here at TPUK, we have already produced a very thorough reading list for one to indulge in, full of many different options. This time in quarantine can be seen as a time for growth and gaining knowledge. Wasting vast quantities of time shouldn’t be an option; rather, a productive use of time is by far the better option. This includes spending hours playing video games, which has been known to harm mental health and also only serves the purpose of being a time-killer, not something productive!
- Keeping active is also very important during this time. Studies have shown that not performing exercise can cause mental health issue,s as well as physical problems. It is very easy to be consumed by one’s four walls and become lethargic when sitting at home, which is why exercise is so important. When normal services resume, the habit of lethargy may have longer consequences, so it’s best avoid this by doing exercise and keeping active. Home workout routines are easily accessible online via YouTube in addition to other platforms, and should be taken full advantage of. Not having a home gym isn’t an excuse.
- Lastly, we recommend that people engage in political activism. Not only is this a valid use of time, but it is also important for the country as a whole that the national debate continues, even during times of crisis, not least to keep some sort of normality running. Whether it be through joining TPUK or other platforms, this is a highly recommended endeavour for everyone to partake in. However, we also think people should avoid politicising the coronavirus crisis itself as far as possible. There will be time later on for that discussion to be had.