Change can affect our feelings – we may become worried or anxious. Anxiety is a normal feeling everybody experiences. Here are some tips for looking after yourself during this time.
Keep in touch with people
- Talk to friends and family on the phone or online
- Write a letter, send a card
- Stay connected with groups/support groups you already belong to
- Only share information from trusted sources
- Helping other people will make you feel better
- Think about things you can do to help whilst following government advice on staying at home and social distancing
- Chat to someone you know is lonely
- If someone can’t go out offer to do their shopping or take their dog for a walk (making sure you follow social distancing rules)
- Help someone who is less confident with using the internet or other apps so they can keep in touch and access activities on line.
- Be Kind – there are lots of ways you can help support and encourage others through random acts of kindness – for more ideas click HERE
Look after your feelings
- Share how you are feeling with family and friends. Knowing how people are feeling can help calm some of the tensions and frustrations that being in the same house for a long time can bring.
- Think about things that make you happy
- Continue to take time out for activities that you know help to support your wellbeing
- Anxiety is a normal reaction but can also feel overwhelming and affect our daily lives – there are lots of tips to help us manage anxiety HERE
- Limit time listening to the news
- Only access good quality information and up to date advice to help you to feel more in control
- Consider muting or unfollowing social media accounts that make you feel anxious
Look after your physical wellbeing
Your physical health has a big impact on how you feel. Keeping active can help reduce stress.
- Create a new routine or plan for the day that includes everyone’s needs.
- Include regular breaks, some work and some fun or relaxation activities
- Eat regular healthy balanced meals and drink plenty of water
- Avoid increasing habits that are not helpful in the long term such as smoking and drinking (alcohol) more
- Take some form of exercise every day – keep the recommended two metres away from others
If you are now working from home
- Think about how everyone who is home can share the space during the day
- Share out household tasks if you can so everyone can help
- Allow yourself rest breaks, including a lunch break and get outside in the garden if you can
- Be flexible and realistic if you are juggling working from home and caring responsibilities.
- Keep in touch with colleagues regularly – use video calls where you can so you can see each other as well as talk.
- Can you use this time to learn something new or catch up on some online training?
Make time to relax
- Do things you enjoy – read, do jigsaws, take up drawing, try a new recipe, make something, finish off that craft project, do some gardening
- Enjoy trying something new that you can do at home or online
- Enjoy nature – if you have an outdoor space, spend time in it or sit by a window
- Have a relaxing bath
- Do any relaxation techniques that work for you
- Sleep is essential for good health – tips and advice on how to improve your sleep can be found HERE
- Look for wellbeing support services in your area. They offer a range of online, phone and video support to improve wellbeing and help people to cope during this difficult time, whether you are staying at home or a key worker.
- See also for tips on self-care and support HERE
If you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health right now please contact:
- GP in UK or Family Doctor or Primary Health Care in your country
- Mental Health Access Team for the UK on 0300 123 0907 (option 1) or 07739 775202 if this number is unavailable
- or you can talk to the Samaritans on 116 123
If you are feeling anxious or worried in the UK you can also
Contact – NHS recommended helplines.