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Mental Health Awareness Week - Be Kind to Yourself


In the UK, we’re now into our third month of lockdown. Businesses, including those in the games industry, have adapted well to this very different way of operating, while individuals have been adjusting to working from home, and establishing (then maybe re-establishing!) some kind of routine.

But the effects of lockdown on our mental health can’t be under estimated. Whatever your circumstances, we’re all experiencing this situation as individuals and every day can feel different to the next, your mind set can change in an instant and with it the way you cope with situations. Corona Coaster? Hell, yeah...
As we start to emerge in the coming weeks and months these challenges won’t just disappear, nothing’s the same as it was pre COVID in our personal and professional lives, so focussing on supporting and protecting our own mental health and that of our colleagues is more important than ever.

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘Kindness’. And maybe the starting point should be with you, personally – be kind to yourself.

These are crazy times we’re living through, and there is a huge amount of advice out there about how to deal with the stress and anxiety we’re all experiencing – from exercise to meditation; baking to eating healthily. I’m not an expert, but I can offer you one piece of advice that has worked for me – limit your screen time.

Yes, we’re working in a hugely exciting tech industry, and ‘switching off’ is impossible for the majority of us. But maybe set a timer, avoid disappearing down social media rabbit holes, and – most importantly – turn off your laptop when you’ve finished work and put it in another room.

Bake sourdough and subscribe to a yoga channel if you like – just make sure that you are looking after – and being kind to – yourself.

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