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Mental Wellbeing and Coronavirus

Mental Wellbeing

You might be worried about coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. 

This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing. 

The constant news of the virus can take its toll on our mental health and wellbeing particularly if already experiencing anxiety or OCD. It is important to follow the simple steps of; 

• Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that could cause you to feel anxious or distressed.
• Seek information mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones.
• Seek information updates at specific times.
• Have breaks from social media and mute things which are triggering.
• Ensure you stay connect with people even if you are self-isolating.
• Avoid burnout – ensure you have some down time.

National Lockdown Stage

Are you ready to stay at home during the lockdown?

  • Food: do you have a way to get food delivered?
  • Cleaning: are your cleaning supplies stocked up?
  • Money: can you budget for any higher bills or expenses? Will you save money from lower transport costs that you could spend elsewhere?
  • Work: can you work from home or not? If not, what are your rights to payment or benefits?
  • Medication: do you have enough medication, or a way to get more?
  • Health: can you reorganise any planned therapy or treatments?
  • Commitments: can someone else help you care for any dependents, walk your dog, or take care of any other commitments?
  • Connectivity: have you checked the contact details of the people you see regularly, like their phone numbers or email addresses?
  • Routine: can you create a routine or timetable for yourself? And if you live with other people, should you create a household schedule? Do you need to agree how the household will run with everyone at home all day?
  • Exercise: is there any physical activity you can do inside your home, such as going up and down the stairs, using bean tins as weights, or exercises you can do in your chair?
  • Nature: have you thought how you could access nature? Can you get some seeds and planting equipment, houseplants or living herbs?
  • Entertainment: have you thought about things to do, books to read or TV shows to watch?
  • Relax: have you got materials so you can do something creative, such as paper and colouring pencils?

Businesses:

For all businesses, Able Futures provides funded mental health support to employers and employees:

https://able-futures.co.uk/

Government Guidance on Mental Health:

Mental Wellbeing for Children and Young People

One You: Every Mind Matters

Mental Wellbeing While at Home

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This page was last updated on: 01/04/2020

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