Covid 19 and Mental Health
Updated: Mar 20, 2020
Separate what is in your control from what is not. There are things you can do, and it’s helpful to focus on those. Wash your hands. Remind others to wash theirs. Eat healthily. Limit your consumption of news and social media.
Do what helps you feel a sense of safety. This will be different for everyone, and it’s important not to compare yourself to others.
With all the changes going on at the moment keeping some elements of your usual routine can really help bring a sense of familiarity and control.
Get outside in nature. A walk or a run outside helps both your physical and mental health.
Challenge yourself to stay in the present. Perhaps your worry is compounding—you are not only thinking about what is currently happening, but also projecting into the future. When you find yourself worrying about something that hasn’t happened, gently bring yourself back to the present moment. Notice the sights, sounds, tastes and other sensory experiences in your immediate moment and name them. Engaging in mindfulness activities is one way to help stay grounded when things feel beyond your control.
Stay connected and reach out if you need more support. Talk to trusted friends about what you are feeling. I’m having lots of “lunches” and “coffees” over Skype or WhatsApp at the moment.
A good nights sleep will help with worry and stress, as well as helping our immune systems. Try to avoid unhealthy coping strategies like alcohol and tobacco.
If you can, volunteering can really help your mood and give a sense of helping the situation for others. There are many local groups and organisations organising assistance to those in need locally to you.
If you are feeling particularly anxious or if you are struggling with your mental health, it’s ok to reach out to a mental health professional for support. You don’t have to be alone with your worry and it can be comforting to share what you are experiencing with those trained to help.
There is further, brilliant, information at this link;
This picture gives some great self care ideas at this time to help ease worry and anxiety