The coronavirus outbreak is an uncertain time for us all. We’ve seen communities across the UK and the rest of the world come together to look after each other and be kind. However, it’s just as important that we take time for ourselves, to look after our mental health, as well as our physical health. In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, our Northampton hotel shares some top tips for improving mental wellbeing in lockdown.
With things changing every day, it’s not uncommon to feel on edge. However, it’s important you recognise your emotions and how they make you feel, both mentally and physically. As soon as you understand your feelings, you can begin to put actions in place to make positive changes. If it helps, start a diary so you can make a note of them.
Family and friends are vital for your mental wellbeing. Although it’s become more difficult to connect with your loved ones, it’s important to look for ways to maintain relationships with those closest to you. The number of people using video calling apps, like Facetime and Zoom has shot up drastically. This is one of the easiest ways to keep in contact with loved ones, whilst adhering to lockdown measures.
This is a difficult time for everyone, and we each have our own worries. But it’s important that we don’t keep these to ourselves. Talking to people about our worries can put things in perspective and relieve built-up stress. If you don’t feel comfortable discussing it with loved ones, there are a number of NHS recommended helplines available.
According to studies, kindness can have a positive impact on mental health. Research has shown that helping others can create a sense of belonging, reduce stress and deepen relationships. Being kind to ourselves can boost confidence and self-esteem. Our Northampton hotel encourages you to do something nice for someone else. Whether it’s popping to the shop for a neighbour or calling a friend who is struggling.
Switch off the TV and get active, mentally. Read, write, play a board game, draw or do the jigsaw, the list really is endless. Learning a new skill is a great way to challenge your brain, so why not try learning an instrument or a new language? Find something that works for you and makes you happy!
Nature works wonders for your mental and physical health. Sit out in the garden, if you can or explore green spaces on walks. With the government now allowing people to travel for their daily exercise and participate in sport with members of the same household, it’s even easier to get out. However, remember to keep 2 metres distance from others, who are not part of your household.
Physical health can have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing. There are a number of ways you can improve your physical health from healthy eating to regular exercise. It’s also important to stay hydrated by drinking enough water, as this can improve concentration and help you to stay well. Be sensible with your alcohol consumption, as this is another factor that can result in low moods.
It’s important to take time every day to look after your mental health. If you want to find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, click here. Our hotel in Northampton urges you to stay well, stay safe and stay alert.
We stopped here on the way back from Silverstone to use the hotel's rapid charger and have a bite to eat.
Really impressed with the reception staff, hotel cleanliness in the lobby and the quality of food.
We enjoyed our brief 40 minute stay here so much we are considering staying here in the future for when we fly in and out of luton - which we do very often!
Can recommend the fish and chips and the lasagne.
Driver Friendly hotel too - serve becks blue behind the bar.
Im a lady on my own travelling from Spain to UK, hotel staff were exceptional I got back late last night so i had to use the carpark at the back and it was dark so the receptionist walked with me to my car shed only been working there a week so thank you so much ,the man on reception was really kind ,polite and helpful ,I would recommend to any ladies travelling alone it feels safe and clean loved it ,I'm also gluten and lactose intolerant and they even had gluten free food brilliant thank you and I will be defiantly be back.
Pleasant and efficient reception. It was a Sunday evening, and the hotel was very quiet with few fellow guests. Our twin room was on the ground floor. There were two comfortable chairs, a workbench, two very small bedside tables, and a wardrobe. The bathroom had a walk in shower. All quite compact.
The bar/restaurant was in the open lobby style. We had a good evening meal there.
Breakfast had a good choice, well maintained by a very cheerful chef. Fried or poached eggs were made to order, which helped keep things fresh.
Very good value for money.
Just an overnight stay for a wedding at nearby Dodmoor Barn. Hotel easy to find of M1, clean and tidy, staff friendly, large rooms well fitted with every thing you need. Breakfast excellent with options for all.
Stayed here for one night. Rooms comfortable and Clean. We were able to check in earlier to get ready without any fuss. Great Breakfast included. Hotel near M1 so very convenient but in a countryside location.
This is one of the nicest Holiday Inn's I've stayed at - can hardly fault it at all!
Special mention to the man who checked us in on Saturday evening, and the man serving in the restaurant that night. Both offered some of the nicest hotel service I've ever known. The receptionist took time to tell us a bit about things in the local area, and helped us make sure we get the best out of our stay. The waiter/bar man made the meal really special. There was a slight delay preparing some of the food, but the way he handled the situation was perfect. The food was all very tasty too - I had the Club Sandwich, and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. All tasted delicious.
The room and the whole hotel is clean, modern and comfortable. Felt very welcoming. The car park is big and free, and there was plenty of spaces available.
So happy I booked a couple of stays here, so am really looking forward to coming back in a few weeks' time. Thanks to all the staff for making it such a great weekend.
Lots of parking spaces neat to hotel and offered FCO. The welcome / meet and greet was good. Nice bar and bar meal offerings. Room clean and in good decorative order. Wifi good and intuitive to connect to. Lots of access to power points in room. Location of hotel good, very useful for an early train ride from Milton Keynes to London. Communal areas in good order, all in all, left refreshed and happy. Easy to find on Google maps. Will visit again.
Went here with a friend for a chill out. Staff were really friendly and helpful. Close to the M1 but lovely and quiet.
Rooms were lovely and clean. Ordered room service and this was brought up on time. Well worth a visit. Close to other towns and not far from Silverstone.