How to cope with Covid-19 stress: 9 Mental Health tips

March 31, 2020 2:13 pm Published by

As the scale of the spread of the virus Covid-19 continues, we are all having to adapt how we live on a daily basis as almost everyone will be affected one way or another.

Through these uncertain times it is essential we continue to look after our mental and physical well-being.

It’s surprising how resilient we can all learn to become as we adjust to new routines.

Keep positive
None of us can control what is going to happen.  It is normal to worry and to feel fear in response to such events.  The one thing we can control is how we respond to unfolding developments. We can acknowledge our feelings, keep informed, use caution, common sense, and follow guidelines.

Have a routine
Try to follow an ordinary routine as much as possible. Wake up and go to bed at healthy times, get enough sleep. Break time up by relaxing or by giving yourself a daily task to achieve.

Be active
Physical activity and strength training can help to build our immune system to protect us against cold and flu working with our body’s natural antioxidant system.  Despite not being able told to stay inside during this ‘lock-down’ phase, we can still build physical activity into our daily routines for example cleaning your home, dancing to music, seated exercise, online workouts.

You can still go outside and enjoy walks.

Offer support and help others
Check in with friends, neighbours or colleagues who may be self-isolating or vulnerable.

Use digital technology to connect
Stay connected with your friends, family and counsellor through digital technology. Reach out and ask for support if you need it.

If you haven’t got anyone to talk to you can call emotional support lines

SANEline | sane.org.uk
Tel: 0300 304 7000 4.30pm-10.30pm daily

Samaritans | samaritans.org/
Tel: 116 123

Young Minds | youngminds.org.uk
Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544

Working from home
Working from home can be isolating and present new challenges for many of us.  Whether we’re a family trying to all work together, it’s important to try and keep a structured day.

One easy way to help us prioritise is to have a WEB list
W – what you Want to achieve
E – what you Expect to achieve
B – what you had Better achieve that day

A return to enjoying the simple things in life
During times of self isolation and social distancing, this is an opportunity for us all to return to the simple things in life.

  • Enjoying a good book
  • Watch a film or the hundreds of box sets that are available
  • Play board games
  • Listening to music
  • Bake
  • De-clutter
  • Enjoy the garden
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