Keeping up your self-care during COVID-19
Boost and protect your mental health during Coronavirus
Infectious disease outbreaks, like COVID-19 (Coronavirus), can be scary and can impact on our mental health. But there are many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during this extraordinary situation.
As experts in mental health, we wanted to share some help and advice to help everyone manage their mental health during this uncertain time. We hope this will help you take care of your mental health at a time when there feels to be so much threat to our physical health.
We’re going to share some help and advice to help boost and protect your mental health.
Tips to get you started
Information overload? In times like this it can be easy to fall into thinking traps and ruminations. Make sure you ‘switch off’ screens and limit the time you spend on social media otherwise you can feel overwhelmed. Keep up-to-date using only factual information from the World Heath Organisation (WHO) and Government websites.
Keep connected. There are so many ways for us all to keep in contact now – phone, Skype, whatsapp, social media, email. Use this time as an opportunity to catch up with distant friends or family who you've been meaning to contact for a while.
Get fresh air. Make use of your windows and keep the curtains open in the day to let light in. You could even start to grow plants on your windowsill (sweet peas are good). If you have a garden, go out in it and if you don’t, you can go out once a day for a run, walk or cycle. This should be done alone or only with people you live with.
New resources available now
We've created brand new resources and information with everything from simple exercises you can do at home to mindfulness technqiues that only take a minute or two. You can find all this and more in our 'Related Content' section below.
Do keep checking back as we’ll be adding more over the coming weeks.
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