Understandably, there are rising levels of stress and anxiety about the coronavirus outbreak as the seriousness of the situation sinks in for all of us.
Physical isolation may be the best tactic as far as tackling the virus goes, but for our personal physical and mental health and wellbeing, isolation isn’t going to be easy! Here are some great tips from Every Mind Matters to help you maintain your mental wellbeing:
- Stick to the facts
Find a source you trust – such as GOV.UK or the NHS website – for information and fact-check information from other sources. Also think about the amount of time you spend watching, listening to or reading about (including on social media) the outbreak. Set yourself specific times to catch up with the news instead.
- Connect with people
Maintaining healthy relationships with people we trust is important for our mental wellbeing. Whether over the phone, via messaging, email or video calls, talking to others can help you develop a balanced view of the situation and make you both feel better.
- Talk about your worries
It’s normal to feel a bit worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember: it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust – and it will probably help them too.
- Support and help others
Helping someone else can benefit you as well as them. Try to think of things you can do to help those around you. Is there a friend or family member nearby you could message? A neighbour you can keep an eye on? Remember, it is important to do this in line with official coronavirus guidance to keep everyone safe.
- Make a plan
Thinking and planning ahead should help you feel more prepared and less concerned. Think through a normal week: how might it be affected and what would you need to do to solve it?
- Look after your body
Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Avoid smoking or drugs and try not to drink too much alcohol. It can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse.
- Stay on top of difficult feelings
Concern about the coronavirus outbreak is perfectly normal. However, some people may experience intense anxiety that can affect their daily life. Try to focus on the things you can control, such as your behaviour, who you speak to, and where and how often you get information.
- Do things you enjoy
If we’re feeling worried, anxious or low, we might stop doing things we usually enjoy. Focusing on something you enjoy or can learn or taking time to relax with others will help with anxious thoughts and feelings.
- Focus on the present
Focusing on the present, rather than worrying about the future, can help with difficult emotions and improve our wellbeing. Try out some relaxation techniques like deep breathing, they can make a big difference.
- Look after your sleep
Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel mentally and physically, so it’s important to get enough sleep.