Stay connected with people
keeping in touch with people we trust is important for our mental well-being – think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family while we have this lockdown situation
you could try
- phone calls
- video calls
- social media
but make sure you check the privacy on your social media and stay safe online
Talk about your worries
It’s ok to feel a bit worried, scared or helpless about the current situation.
It’s OK to share your concerns and worries with people you trust – doing so may help them as well. Sometimes others are worried about the same things we are and it helps to be able to reassure someone else and ourselves at the same time.
If you can’t speak to someone you know or it has not helped then there are a number of helplines you can try
Support and help others
Helping someone else can help you as well – try and be understanding of others’ concerns and worries and try to make allowances for behaviours at this time.
Think about how you can help those around you. Is there a friend, family member, college or school friend or someone in your care setting you could message or contact. Are there groups you can join and support others locally.
HOWEVER – make sure you do this in line with the official coronavirus guidance to keep everyone safe
Working through the implications of staying at home for long periods of time should help you feel more prepared and less concerned. Think about your normal week – how is it being affected and what do you need to do to solve any problems.
If you are at College or School try and fix a timetable and follow a plan of study and breaks, fun activities and ensure you stay in regular touch with your teachers. Remember teachers are still available online and are there to help
Look after your body
Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. at times like these it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that could end up making you feel worse.
Try to eat healthy, balanced meals, drink plenty of water and take exercise daily
You can leave the house, flat, apartment or residence, alone or with other members of your household. This should be for one form of exercise a day – maybe a walk, run or bike ride.
You can try a work out at home.
You could join the daily work out with Joe Wicks – click on the picture
Get the facts – avoid fake news
Use credible sources you can trust to get information about the coronavirus and what we can all do to help. check the Gov.UK or NHS websites
Fact check the information you get from newsfeeds, social media or other people.
People get things wrong – deliberately or by mistake. the wrong information can be upsetting for others too. try not to share information without fact checking against your credible sources.
try not to spend too much time watching the news, reading or listening to coverage of the corona virus pandemic. Limit the discussion you have on your social media – maybe try turning off breaking news alerts on your phone.
It’s important to keep a balance and not overwhelm yourself with continuous news and gossip about the virus.
check out facts at the NHS website
listen to established media – BBC news etc
don’t spend all day listening to news – keep your balance
Stay on top of difficult feelings
Concern about the coronavirus outbreak is perfectly normal. However some of us may experience intense anxiety that can affect our daily lives.
Try to focus on the things you can control, such as YOUR behaviour, who you speak to, and where and how you get information
its ok to acknowledge that some things are outside your control HOWEVER if constant thoughts about the coronavirus are making you feel anxious or overwhelmed ry some ideas that may help you manage your anxiety – for example try listening to an audio guide
Do things you enjoy
if we are feeling anxious, worried or low we sometimes stop doing things we usually enjoy. Taking part in your favourite activity or hobby, relaxing indoors or connecting with others can help with the feelings of anxiousness.
if you can’t do the things you would normally do because you are staying in and staying safe then why not try adapting them or trying something new
There are a lot of free tutorials and courses online. there are free shows and new inventive ways to connect with others – online quizzes, virtual music concerts, access to libraries and museum tours
REMEMBER to stay safe on line too
Focus on the present
- Try not to worry about the future and focus on the present. This can help with difficult emotions and improve wellbeing.
- Relaxation techniques can help some of us deal with feelings of anxiety – mindfulness and breathing techniques can help