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Mental Health Awareness Week: Men’s Mental Health and Body Image

In light of Mental Health Awareness Week, our private doctors want to highlight the importance of talking to someone – whether that be a friend, family member, or your GP – about how you’re feeling. Sharing your thoughts can often seem like a terrifying step to take. However, doing so can have huge benefits and is often the way people get better.

Here at Linbury Doctors, we want you to know that we’re always here for you. No matter your gender, if you’re struggling with your mental health, please give your private GP a call. Find out more about becoming a member of Linbury Doctors here.

A recent report from CALM and Instagram states that over a third of men are unhappy with the way they look. Plus, nearly half struggle with their mental health due to this.  CALM, which stands for Campaign Against Living Miserably, also found that two in every five (39%) men feel the pressure to have a ‘perfect’ body.

While there has been lots of talk around female body image and living up to unrealistic representations of beauty, there has been less around male body image. Due to this, CALM have launched a campaign – CALM Body Talks – to combat the issue and bring men into the conversation.

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What is Body Image?

Body image is how we think or feel about our bodies. CALM’s research revealed that one in two (48%) men aged 16-40 have struggled with their body image at some stage of their lives. This constant pressure to have the ‘perfect’ body is a common narrative across many people’s lives; and this is often accentuated when social media is involved. Half of the men in the study stated that mainstream media and social networking sites were one of the main reasons why they felt negatively towards their bodies. For many, the recent national lockdowns have only accelerated this further; more time at home has meant more aimless scrolling.

What can be done?

According to the CALM study, 21% of 16–40-year-old men don’t feel comfortable talking about their bodies. However, the more we talk about mental health and bring men into the conversation, the less alone people will feel. If you’re struggling, the best thing to do is reach out to someone. Whether that be a friend, family member or your GP, talking about how you feel is the best thing to do.

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Here at Linbury Doctors, we understand that speaking up can sometimes feel like a daunting prospect. That’s why, as a member, you can call, text or email your GP directly. Your doctor will come to see you at your home at a time that suits you.

Our private doctors are experienced in general practice as well as other areas such as mental health. So, contact us to find out more about our GPs or find out more about becoming a member here.

6 Wellbeing Tips to Improve Mental Health during Lockdown

There’s no denying that this lockdown has been tough and, as private family doctors, we understand that it has affected people of all ages. It’s so important to take care of your mental health as well as your physical health during this time and remember to be kind to ourselves.

It’s common to feel anxious, bored, lonely, unsure, frustrated or worried, and this is okay – there is no ‘right way’ to live through a global pandemic! For most, these uneasy emotions pass over time, but we thought we would share our advice on how you can help improve mental wellbeing at home.

As private family doctors, we encourage you to reach out for further support if you feel like you need it, whether that be speaking to a friend or family member, or getting in touch with your GP. If you’d like to speak to one of our private doctors, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0333 050 7338. Find out more about membership here.

1. Set a routine

For many, the loss of routine during lockdown has been particularly difficult. However, by setting simple tasks throughout the day, we can help ourselves feel more productive and structured. From making the bed to walking the dog, eating breakfast to going for a walk, these tasks don’t have to be difficult, but it’s all part of regaining a sense of control during these uncertain times.

2. Move your body

Exercise can ease anxiety levels and getting outdoors in the fresh air can help boost our immune systems. Taking a simple walk is all it takes to release those endorphins!

You could also partake in some at-home workouts and there are lots of instructional videos to follow online.

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3. Stay in touch

It can sometimes feel difficult, but keeping in touch with your friends and family is really important. Whether it’s a phone call, text, or video call, there are lots of ways to keep the connection.

As private family doctors, we often direct our patients to for self-help advice. Connecting with other people who are going through similar experiences is often helpful; you’re not alone.

Always seek medical help if you need further support; our private doctors have urgent, flexible and out-of-hours appointments, and we also offer home visits. Find out more about becoming a member here.

4. Spend time away from your screen

Although it’s good to be in the loop with what’s going on, make sure to take time away from news sources, social media sites and television screens every once in a while. Constant news updates can often feel overwhelming, especially when we have little control over them. You could turn off news app notifications, set dedicated time away from your phone, and swap the TV for your favourite podcast in the evenings.

The Forest app helps you stay off your phone screen and focus on life around you. In the app, you plant a virtual tree, which will grow as you stay off your phone – eventually, you could grow a whole virtual forest!

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5. Make time for yourself

Whether you’re working from home, home-schooling the kids, or have a never-ending to-do list, it’s often easy to forget to make time for yourself. Dedicating as little as 10 minutes of the day, first thing in the morning or last thing at night, can make a big difference. The Headspace app has guided meditations and mindfulness techniques, which can really help you focus on the present.

As well as this, what we eat has a big impact on how we feel so to ensure you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet, set aside some time to plan out your meals for the week ahead.

6. Get a good night’s sleep

As private family doctors, we know that getting a full night’s sleep isn’t always easy. Here are a few simple ways you can help yourself ‘switch off’:

  • Stay away from screens at least an hour before bedtime
  • Have a warm bath
  • Read a book instead of scrolling through social media
  • Listen to a podcast or audiobook – the Calm app has some brilliant materials to listen to before you sleep, from nature sounds to relaxing music, sleep meditations to bedtime stories.
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Here at Linbury Doctors, our team of private GPs are experienced in general practise as well as mental health. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a member, get in touch with us on 0333 050 7338.

Meet the Linbury team:

Private GPs – Dr Hala, Dr Lucy, Dr Rachel

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

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As private family doctors, we always put our patients’ healthcare at the core of everything we do. With family memberships available, we care holistically for all ages and are experienced in mental health and wellbeing. Contact us on 0333 050 7338 to find out more.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. What a year it has been for our children and adolescents missing months of schooling, social interaction and life as we once knew it. 

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week was launched in 2015 by Place2be’s charity to highlight the importance of children’s mental health. 

Mental health problems can arise at any time. Before the pandemic, research suggested that half of mental health problems are developed by mid-teens. Since the pandemic, mental health problems in children have been on the rise

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This year, Place2be’s theme is EXPRESS YOURSELF and encouraging children to express themselves.

We need to enable our children to express themselves. Listening to them and encouraging them to talk about their feelings acknowledge them and normalise the feelings. 

  • Take time to listen to them, listen to how they feel and encourage them to talk. 
  • Set an example by sharing how you are feeling and how you look after yourself and your mental wellbeing, what works for us and how they can adapt similar strategies.
  • Remind them that their thoughts and feelings are important

The lockdown and its Effects:

Here at Linbury, one of the joys of being a private family doctor is that we get to know our patients and families really well, especially during the lockdown period where we continue to carry out home visits with full PPE. We develop a personal relationship with our patients and the whole family. 

During my visits last week, I was in awe to see how all the children of the families I look after have adapted to this new normal. But it also made me feel sad for some of them and the big events they are missing in their lives, especially the adolescents; those who would have been sitting big exams; having big prom parties with their friends; and engaging in sporting events such as netball and rugby tournaments.

The impact on our children can last for years to come so it is even more important to support them, let them express their feelings and guide them through these times. 

How can we Help the Children Adapt During Lockdown?

Routine: Try and stick to a schedule. Schools have done brilliantly to provide a routine in the school day, so stick to it as much as possible to help structure the day. 

Hobbies: If your children can carry on with their hobbies and the things they enjoy, ensure to make time for it. You can find music lessons online, practise favourite sports with family in the garden, or take up a new hobby! My children have joined me in running at the weekends and they aim to run 5km at a good time. You could also get involved and join in with a hobby that your children enjoy. Time outdoors is really important.

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Friends and family: Ensure that your children stay in touch with their friends during school live lessons or set up virtual calls with them at the weekend. Write a letter to grandparents or other family members, and share some home school work with them. 

Finally, don’t ever hesitate to ask for help. As private family doctors, we will always be happy to chat through any concerns and guide you. So, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0333 050 7338. We always put our patients at the core of everything we do.

It’s ok to not be ok.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live and placed pressures on all of our lives in different ways and for a lot of us; its increased anxiety levels. Tensions with work, family, losing support networks, juggling work and childcare, they are all persistent worries and anxieties it has brought into our lives. 

We heard a wonderful phrase which is relevant to this feeling of unrest, and that is; ‘We are weathering the same storm, but all in different boats’. All of us have a different level of anxiety when it comes to our mental health, particularly when it comes to COVID-19 and being respectful and sympathetic of each others’ triggers’ is essential.

Asking for help – support 

As a doctor, I always signpost my patients to for self-help advice that may be of use. Of course, some patients need different levels of input but connecting with other people who are going through similar things and realising you are not alone is always helpful. 

Asking for help may seem like a burden to some people, but support is always available. It really helps to talk to those close to you and seek medical help if you are feeling low. Our team can always help too, to find out more about our membership and out of hours care head here


Another helpful thing to do to help ease your anxiety levels is exercise regularly. Regular fresh air and outdoor activities will help boost our immune system, help us stay healthy and release those endorphins. This doesn’t have to be starting a complicated exercise regime but merely something simple like a brisk walk working up to something more challenging as your fitness improves.

The Couch to 5k programme is a great way to get moving and build up some stamina. This can also be done with a friend in a socially distanced manner. Charities are struggling for funding at the moment, so setting an easy target and raising some money may provide good motivation.

What can we do as a community to help us cope and adapt? 

Life has changed, we can only meet in small groups, and that is dependent on what tier we are in. At the start of lockdown neighbourhoods connected and a sense of camaraderie was present, we must keep this going. Stay in touch with those close to you, talk to friends and family and meet via zoom or regular phone calls. If you receive an invite for a chat or a walk in the fresh air; try your hardest to find the inner strength to accept that invitation. It can be challenging but ‘saying yes’, even when you feel like saying no and staying safe at home; really can help change your outlook and ease anxiety levels.