This article was written by Health in Mind. 

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Thanks to technology, we have lots of different ways of staying connected. However, constant video calls, group chats and phone calls can be draining and difficult to say no to while we are in lockdown.

We are here to remind you that it is okay to say no.

Here are some ideas on how to maintain a healthy balance of connecting with people and taking time for yourself. If you have any other suggestions, please do send them to us at contactus@health-in-mind.org.uk.

Set aside time just for you

This could involve reading a book, practising mindfulness or meditation, or even just having an early night. Take a break from socialising and focus your energy on yourself.

Planning time for yourself can also make it easier to say no to invitations.

Sticking to your plans to look after yourself can help you feel more confident in saying no. Alternatively, you can let people know ahead of time that you will be unavailable because you are taking time for yourself.

Try setting a limit on the amount of screen time you have in one week

Continual news updates and the pressure to stay connected with people can take a toll on your mental health. Why not try turning off your screens an hour before you go to bed? This can help you disconnect as well as improve your sleep.

Write an email instead

If you would like to connect with someone but don’t feel like video or phone calls, why not write them a long message or send an email? This can allow you to stay connected without having to make yourself available for instant responses.

If you are finding things a bit much, remember that it is okay to switch off and take some time for yourself to rest and recharge.