The uncertainty of the pandemic has affected each of us differently.
The coronavirus outbreak may have caused you to feel stressed, worried, sad, helpless, overwhelmed, confused, or angry. It's okay to feel this way, everyone reacts differently to different events. Even as restrictions start to ease, many people will be feeling anxious around large groups of people. We are all doing our best in the circumstances we find ourselves in.
What can I do to feel better?
There are some simple things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty.
- Stay connected to people, by phone or video calls. Talk about your worries - either with someone you know or via a helpline.
- Support other people. Helping others, emotionally or practically will benefit you as well as them.
Make a financial plan. Mental Health UK’s Mental Health and Money Toolkit is designed to help you understand, manage and improve your mental and financial health.
Look after your body. Our physical health is linked to our mental health. Eating healthily, drinking enough water, and taking regular exercise will lift your mood and clear your mind.
Look after your mind. You might find it helpful to set limits on the amount of time you spend reading about or listening to coverage of the outbreak. Try to focus on the things you can control. If and when you do catch up on the news, avoid speculation and stick to credible news sources. Take the Mind Plan Quiz to get some top tips.
Be creative and do things you enjoy. We all have some creative juices somewhere inside us! Whether it is cooking, writing, painting... It is never too late to take up a new hobby, or pick up one that you haven't thought about for years. There is a 'how to' video for just about everything on YouTube (card tricks, anyone?).
Getting enough sleep can make a big difference to how well you handle the day ahead. Read more here about how to sleep better.
If you are looking after children, talking to them will help them to deal with upsetting information they may have come across.
The mental health needs of LGBTQ+ people are unique and on average they experience higher rates of depression, anxiety, and other disorders than cisgender and heterosexual people. For tailored advice and support about wellbeing if you’re LGBTQ+, go to LGBT hero where you’ll find fact sheets, forums, and more.
Try reading: Reading Well books are all recommended by health experts, as well as people with lived experience of the conditions and topics covered and their relatives and carers, and support you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing.
The Warwickshire County Council website also has many links to useful resources :
Are you a Frontline worker?
As frontline health, care, emergency, education and key workers, you put yourself at physical risk as you form our frontline against the coronavirus. You are also putting your own mental health under pressure.
Our Frontline is a partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK, and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which offers round-the-clock one-to-one support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips, and ideas to look after your mental health.