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IT’S TIME TO STOP LIVING IN YOUR HEAD

It didn’t take a global pandemic for me to start spending a lot of time living in my head. I’ve done it for years.

I’ve never been sure whether it’s part of my mental health, my personality, or my love of writing. Whatever, I don’t think it’s all that healthy for you.

One thing I am sure is that taking up residence between your ears is even more tempting when you’re living through a lockdown. Other than immediate family or housemates, human interaction is limited to zoom meetings and emails.

And at a time when you would expect phone calls to be going through the roof, mine have fallen through the floor. I’ve also deleted Facebook and Instagram.

As for Freedom Day, well, I haven’t been doing backflips to get back to the pub or people in general. In many ways, I’ve become a track-suited hermit – and I don’t think I’m the only one.

If any of this resonates with you, please take care. This is not a good way to keep your mental health, healthy. In fact, it’s the opposite.

The longer you live with the shutters pulled down, the more likely it is for anxiety and depression to come knocking. And they’re more than happy to rattle around with you as their only company. In fact, they’ll do anything to keep you in your head and away from the rest of the world.

So, as soon as you get the chance, shut down your computer, grab your mask, and get out and about. It’s a hell of a lot healthier living out there than it is in here. Covid or no Covid.

David Westgate is a speaker for the Black Dog Institute and Mental Health Advocate for Assure Programs.

#mentalhealth #apm #assureprograms #humanresources

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