Looking after yourself: Dr David Crichton

Over the last year I have written a lot about looking after one another within the community, and whilst this is very important, especially in these challenging times, it can often take its toll on our own mental health and wellbeing. It’s vital that we look after ourselves to ensure that we are in the best position to help other people, and in doing so it’s important to notice when you, yourself need help and support.

Change can be difficult to overcome for many people and over the last year the nation has had to adapt to quick changes to the way in which we live our lives. These changes will undoubtedly influence our health and wellbeing.

Given the long periods that we have spent in lockdown its inevitable that some people will have a lack of confidence and self-esteem due to losing regular face to face contact and communication outside of the home setting. When low self-esteem becomes a long-term problem, it can have a harmful effect on our mental health and our day-to-day lives.

Last month, Boris Johnson announced the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England. Whilst this is great news, I imagine there are concerns for many about coming out of lockdown.

It’s important that we pay attention to the word “cautiously” because although we have hope with the success of the vaccination rollout it does not offer 100% immunity and many within our community are still awaiting a vaccine.

We all need to continue to follow the national guidance “Hands, Face and Space” at all times to ensure we protect ourselves, loved ones, our community and hospitals.

Visit the Gov.uk website to view each step with an overview of which restrictions will be eased along with the presumed dates.

If you are concerned that you may have low self-esteem and need support please know that you are not alone and help is available.

Remember if you need support for any mental health concern you can also contact one of the many mental health resources that Doncaster has to offer.

NHS talking therapies offer support with common health problems like stress, anxiety and depression. A GP can refer you, or you can refer yourself directly.

Health services in Doncaster are open so please come forward if you or anyone you know needs to seek medical advice. There is a range of services available to help you. GP Practices are open to provide the support and treatment that you need. Visit your local practice website or give them a call. The way services are provided may have changed in order to keep everyone safe, but we are here for you.

Other sources of support and advice include:

  • NHS 111 – visit online or call to speak to someone
  • Your local pharmacist
  • Same Day Health Centre which is open 8am-8pm, 7 days a week
  • GP out of hours service
  • NHS Health at home – useful information on how to easily access NHS services online, from the comfort of your home. You can find out how to contact your GP, order repeat prescriptions and manage your wellbeing and existing conditions – without leaving your home.

Online resources:

NHS Every Mind Matters: Coping with loneliness

MIND: Tips to manage loneliness

Samaritans: Talk to us

Rethink: local support groups




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