COVID-19 – Are you feeling anxious?

I can’t believe that I’m writing about a worldwide pandemic which is happening now. This is unprecedented and a time of huge uncertainty, worry and anxiety for all of us. However, we are in this together and we can help each other get through this. I would like to share some advice on how to deal with anxious feelings to help you through this stressful time.

HELP YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY

  1. Keep in touch – Stay connected even when physically isolated. Make it a priority to stay in touch with friends and family. Schedule in regular phone calls and/or video calls.
  2. Be kind to yourself – Go easy on yourself if you’re experiencing more depression or anxiety than usual. You’re not alone in your struggles.
  3. Exercise – Staying active will help you release anxiety, relieve stress, and manage your mood. Go for a brisk walk or bike ride with your family. If you’re stuck at home, look online for exercise videos you can follow such as Thebodycoach.
  4. Routine – Even if you’re stuck at home, try to stick to your regular sleep, school, meal, or work schedule as this helps you maintain a sense of normalcy.
  5. Do something you enjoy – Read a good book, play a fun board game with your family, watch a comedy, make something new such as a recipe, craft, or painting. Doing something will help you to take your mind off your worries.
  6. Keep a Journal – Writing down all your fears and worries can really help you process what you are feeling and help clear your mind.
  7. Accept help – If other people are offering to help you, accept it. These are challenging times and if you are unable to get out, do not be proud, just say yes!
  8. Get outside – If it is possible, get out into nature. Sunshine and fresh air will do you good and even a walk around your garden will help you feel better. Just be sure to avoid others and obey restrictions in your area.

HELP OTHERS (It will make you feel better)

  1. Reach out to others in need – Helping others not only makes a difference to your community, it can also support your own mental health and well-being. Maybe your elderly neighbour needs help with groceries or a friend needs a chat on the phone?
  2. Follow guidelines for preventing the spread of the virus – Staying at home and washing your hands will help save lives.
  3. Donate to foodbanks – Supplies to foodbanks are drastically reduced, you can help low-income families, and others in need by donating food or cash if you are able to.
  4. Be a calming influence –  Being positive and calm in these anxious times can help you feel better about your own situation and will also help others including your little ones not to panic.
  5. Be kind – Doing kind and helpful acts for others can help you regain a sense of control over your life as well as adding meaning and purpose.

Mind – 020 8519 2122 www.mind.org.uk

Anxiety UK – 03444 775 774 www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Stay safe, Stay Positive

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