The coronavirus has many of us on edge and as the days pass it may take its toll on our mental health. Whilst it is important to stay informed, there are also many things you can do to manage your wellbeing during these times.

Here are some tips we hope will help you to look after your mental health:

 

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Have a Routine

As tempting as it might be to stay in pyjamas all day, regular routines are essential for our identity, self-confidence and purpose. Try to start your day at roughly the same time you usually would and aim to set aside time each day for movement, relaxation and reflection.

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Too Much News

Rumour and speculation can fuel anxiety. Having access to good quality information about the virus can help you feel more in control. You can find all up to date information and advice on the Gov.uk website.

There is extensive news coverage about the outbreak. If you find that the news is causing you huge stress, it’s important to find a balance.

It’s best that you don’t avoid all news and that you keep informing and educating yourself, but limit your news intake if it is bothering you.

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Share your Feelings

Share your feelings with those around you. It's extremely important to share your thoughts and feelings, especially in times like these. 

If you're feeling anxious or down don't bottle those feelings up as they can get worse. Reach out to a loved one and talk it out.

Or contact a helpline. More information can be found below. 

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Play with your family

Entertain yourself and the family with games, or why not set up a Zoom call where you play games or do a quiz. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and family. 

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Eat Healthily

The power of a balanced diet. Make sure to stay on top of your diet and keep eating those healthy foods. Your body's health directly reflects your mood and mental health.

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Limit Alcohol

Try to limit your consumption of Alcohol.

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Help Each Other

Especially those who are at risk and need it the most. It can be a little thing that makes someones day, like asking a neighbour if they need any shopping when you go to the shops.

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Stay Connected

Try to keep in touch with your friends and family via phone, email or social media. If you feel you need additional emotional support during this tough time, reach out to a helpline for support. More information on helplines can be found below. 

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Create and Fix

Set yourself daily objectives and targets to give you something to aim for. Create a to do list of all things you want to accomplish and cross them off as you complete them. Try starting with litle targets and see how you get on.

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De-clutter

If you have some spare time, why not sell, give away or throwaway your unwanted household items. If de-cluttering an entire rooms feels overwhelming, start small. Try re-organising a kitchen cupboard or sort through your wardrobe and organise your clothes. 

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Look after yourself

It may be tempting to stay in your pyjamas all day, but keeping up with your personal hygeine routines can improve your mood. Why not jump in the shower, wash your hair or complete your skincare routine.

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Take up a Hobby

Whether your in need of something to keep you busy or are in need of something to relax after a busy day at work, why not try a new hobby and learn a new skill.

 

 

Mental Health Helplines

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Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 01375 391411     Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.mind.org.uk

For support for young children please click here.

 

Anxiety UK
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm)
Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

 

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

 

Men's Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk