I don’t know about anyone else but I am finding that the days blend into each other a lot more since we went into lockdown last week. It can be really difficult to add definition to your days when a lot of your structure and routine, including work, school, socialising and going to the gym, are stripped away, and this can have implications on the rest of your life. Important things like taking your medication on time can become tricky when you are not always even sure what day it is!
For the last few days, I have been using the Pill Reminder app from Safe and Sound health to keep track of my anxiety medication. It is really important to my mental health that my pills are taken on time, twice a day, particularly during these uncertain times. The app is simple to use and offers clear benefits. Download is free for both android and iPhone users and the app is user-friendly and advert-free. You can add any medication you take and set a timed reminder to pop up on your phone when each dose is due. This could be for any type of medicine, including creams and oral solutions, not just pills. You can also customise the reminder to explain that a medicine needs to be taken before, after or with food.
In the app, you will find a timeline review of all medications so that you can see in advance what needs to be taken each day – this is especially useful if you have complex medical needs that require careful management with medication. If you miss a reminder, you just need to click ‘missed’ instead of ‘taken’, which will log the information for you. This can help you to see if there are any patterns over time of when you are most likely to miss a dose and think about steps you may be able to take to rectify this.
I am finding the Pill Reminder app really helps to alleviate the stress of worrying whether I have remembered to take my pills on time or not, I just wait for the reminder, take the pill, then click to say it has been taken. Highly recommended for anyone who has to take regular medication, even if it is just the contraceptive pill, or a course of antibiotics. During lockdown, when everything is a little bit strange and different, it is reassuring to have an app that helps keep daily life ticking over, even in a small way such as this.
How are you coping with your mental health during lockdown? Let’s chat in the comments 🙂
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