Protecting your Mental Health and Wellbeing during the Coronavirus Outbreak
The uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus and the constant negative news has taken its toll of our mental health.
The WHO (World Health Organisation) have published a document on Mental Health and dealing with stress at this uncertain time....
"It’s Mental" Tips for Coronavirus Anxiety
* Moderate News & Social Media
Moderate news intake to once a day (from a reputable source - WHO, NHS online). Have breaks from social media avoiding anything that may trigger your anxiety.
* Stay connected
Ensure you are checking in with others and they are checking in with you. Have phone numbers and email address of friends and family. FaceTime/Whatsapp so you are seeing others.
* Have a Self Isolation Plan
In the event of self isolation with symptoms (closing your door to the outside world) practice self care. Have deliveries left at the door so you won’t come in contact with others, double bag your tissue waste and take advice of NHS UK to keep risk to a minimum.
* Be Organised
In the event of mass Self Isolation with no symptoms get organised. Sort the attic, read books, listen to music, watch a boxset, Draw, Sing, Dance, Play.... do things that relieve your anxiety.
* Be Active
Get outdoors and enjoy nature but if you cannot leave the house try apps or YouTube videos suitable to your physical strengths, whether that be Yoga or HiiT.
Being physically active gives your brain something to focus on and is a positive coping mechanism in difficult time’s.
* Wash Hands
Do not do this excessively. If you feel you are experiencing OCD anxiety seek advice and support.
* Mediate & Take Notice
Take notice of your breathing. Look around and notice your surroundings. What can you see, hear, smell and touch?
* If you feel unwell
If you feel unwell please take advise from the NHS guidelines. Be kind and look out for one another.
Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these
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