15:16 3rd May 2020 | COVID-19
10 Tips to help you worry LESS about the Coronavirus
In times like these, it is important to remember it is OK to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass.
There are 10 simple things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty. Doing so will help you think clearly, and make sure you are able to look after yourself and those you care about.
1. Stay connected with people: Stay connected with people: Maintaining healthy relationships with people we trust is important for our mental wellbeing, so think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family while needing to stay at home.
2. Talk about your worries: It's normal to feel a bit worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember: it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust – and doing so may help them too.
3. Support and help others: Helping someone else can benefit you as well as them, so try to be a little more understanding of other people's concerns, worries or behaviours at this time.
4. Feel prepared: Working through the implications of staying at home should help you feel more prepared and less concerned. Think through a normal week: how will it be affected and what do you need to do to solve any problems? If you have not already, you might want to talk with your employer, understand your sick pay and benefits rights, and get hold of some essentials for while you are at home.
5. Look after your body: Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Avoid smoking or drugs, and try not to drink too much alcohol.
6. Stick to the facts: Find a credible source you can trust – such as WHO or the NCDC website – and fact-check information you get from newsfeeds, social media or other people.
7. Stay on top of difficult feelings: Try to focus on the things you can control, such as your behaviour, who you speak to, and where and how often you get information.
8. Do things you enjoy: Focusing on your favourite hobby, relaxing indoors (yoga etc) or connecting with others can help with anxious thoughts and feelings. If you cannot do the things you normally enjoy because you are staying at home, think about how you could adapt them, or try something new.
9. Focus on the present: Focusing on the present, rather than worrying about the future, can help with difficult emotions and improve our wellbeing.
10. Look after your sleep: Try to maintain regular sleeping patterns and keep up good sleep hygiene practices – like avoiding screens before bed, cutting back on caffeine and creating a restful environment.Source: NHS UK
Click here for calming audio meditation guidance courtesy the United Nations.
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