How To Cope With A Long Lockdown: Facing Mental Health Challenges Head On


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When COVID-19 first hit, and countries around the world went into various states of lockdown, it was a shock. For many, it felt like the rug had been pulled out from under their feet, with social plans cancelled and support networks removed. On top of this, many were worried about catching the virus or its impact on loved ones.

The pandemic has had a clear effect on our mental health. Recent data from premium health insurer Bupa, in its Global Executive Wellbeing Index, found that 70 per cent[i] of high net worth individuals from around the world have experienced symptoms of mental ill-health since the pandemic started. 21 per cent of respondents report suffering from fatigue, 22 per cent from disturbed sleep, 23 per cent enduring a low mood and anxiety and another 21 per cent experiencing feelings of anger and impatience.

And now, it’s evident that we’re in it for the long haul. So how do we cope with these pervasive changes to our lives?

The good news

There is a glimmer of hope. The first lockdown came as a surprise, fuelling anxiety and poor mental health. But now, in the midst of another lockdown, we know what to expect, and understand how to better cope.

Businesses around the world quickly adapted to home working, for example, utilising technology to keep teams in touch and even implementing additional mental health support for those who might be struggling.

And in the community, many reported that they felt closer to neighbours and their local area during the previous lockdown. Indeed, according to the Countryside Charity, 40 per cent of Britons said they felt more connected to their community during this time[ii] – helping many to feel an important sense of belonging.

How to manage mental health

However, if you are feeling stressed or anxious it’s important to devise ways to help tackle it. The first is to try to stay positive, to remember that, while times are difficult right now, there is hope on the horizon.

We should also ensure we maintain healthy habits, remembering to eat well, reduce alcohol intake if it’s problematic and allow time for exercise.

And lastly, maintaining social connections is crucial: connecting with our friends and family however we can – using video conferencing for example.

Your Partner In Health

As a Bupa Global Private Client, your health is our only priority. Giving you confidence when it matters most and helping you to stay at your best, all year round.

Our Ultimate Health Plan is the highest level of cover available from Bupa. From day one, your personal health consultant will manage all aspects of your wellbeing. Beginning with a personal consultation in the comfort of your home, office or virtually to ensure your private patient journey is perfectly tailored to your needs and schedule. From helping you to choose the right consultants across the globe, to booking appointments on your behalf or arranging independent clinical guidance.


To experience more from your health insurance, arrange a personal consultation with our Private Clients team on 0333 455 1522 or visit bupaglobal.com/privateclients


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[i] Bupa Global’s Executive Wellbeing Index, Sept 2020: https://www.bupaglobal.com/en/your-wellbeing/inside-bupa/wellbeing-index

[ii] https://www.cpre.org.uk/news/how-lockdown-has-brought-us-closer

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