Looking after your Mental Health during the Coronavirus outbreak
Although it is important to stay informed, there are also many things that we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during this time.
Be careful what you read
Reading lots of news on the virus can cause a lot of anxiety. Take long periods away from news websites and social media or mute posts or key words that may trigger concern. Perhaps decide on a specific time to check in with the news.
Stay informed by sticking to trusted sources: Government and NHS websites.
Try to stay connected
At times of stress or concern, we work better in company and support. There are already those in self-isolation who may be feeling lonely. Try and keep in touch with your friends and family by telephone, email or social media. Agree regularcheck in times with others.
Continue to access nature and sunlight where possible. Go for a walk, get some fresh air, exercise, eat well and stay hydrated. Let go of the anxious thoughts and shift your focus to something else that keeps your focussed and happy.
Wash your hands
Be cautious about washing your hands regularly. Before you leave the house, when you return, after using public transport, after going to the shops. Use hand sanitiser if washing your hands isn’t possible. But don’t do it excessively.