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You may be facing financial challenges at the moment, whether you’ve found yourself out of work, are anxious about job security or you’re getting by on less income than before.
This may be having a significant impact on your mental health and ability to cope generally.
But there are things you can do to address both your financial situation and mental health.
Use your time at home to work through your finances and adjust your household budget. Identify where you can save money, what help you need (bank loan, food bank, credit counselling etc), what you’re eligible for and what’s available to you. In the meantime, try to keep paying your bills.
Get up at your normal time and maintain the same routine so you’re not missing meals and letting your nutritional health suffer. Sticking to a routine can also help your mental health by reducing your stress levels.
During times of stress and worry, you may be tempted to drink more than usual, but alcohol won’t help your problems and could even make them worse by increasing stress and disrupting your sleep.
Don’t keep financial worries to yourself. Confide in people you trust. It’s important to stay connected with your support network in any way you can.
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The hashtags #quarantinebaking and #lockdownbaking are now trending across social media as people turn to flour, eggs and an oven for comfort while in lockdown.
A good staple to start with is bread.
If you’re keen to make your own - or you can’t find any in the shops - get your hands on some flour and yeast, and follow this recipe from British chef Jamie Oliver.