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Mental Health Awareness Week

Choudhury: Routine helps in maintaining a good mood

19 May 2020

Leicester City midfielder discusses the importance of starting the day the right way during the coronavirus pandemic

Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 18 to 24 May and we have spoken to a number of Premier League players about their emotional wellbeing.

Hamza Choudhury (LEI)

Like many people around the world during the coronavirus pandemic, Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury has been spending more time than usual at home.

As he has discovered, it has become all too easy to slip away from a healthy daily schedule.

"Maybe halfway through [the lockdown] I started playing Playstation until silly times in the morning and it does make you feel groggy," says Choudhury.

"You wake up late and your routine is all out of place. That's something that I've tried to work hard to get back into.

"To start your day off early and in a good mood is so important to how the rest of your day goes."

'Positive mindset'

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is kindness, and Choudhury says a generous act can be beneficial for everyone involved.

"It's positive thinking and a positive mindset that will get you through these times, and kindness sort of brings that back to people," he says.

"Like we all know, it's such a difficult time, but being kind isn't hard and it will make you feel better as well."

Fans can access a library of expert advice on how to look after their mental health in the Premier League's #StayWell hub.

It shares tips and guidance from experts, the clubs and players as well as from the National Health Service and national organisations working in these areas to help supporters stay strong and positive.

And the hub will continue to develop, offering fans expert guidance in other areas to help maintain their health in these challenging times.

See: #StayWell hub

Also in this series

Part 1: Stevens: Tough times help you appreciate the good ones
Part 3: Mustafi: We can overcome problems by helping each other
Part 4: Hanley: It's important to keep perspective
Part 5: Martin: Reaching out to others opened doors for me

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