In light of the pandemic of COVID-19, we’d like to share with you some practical tips to help manage some of the emotions and anxiety you may feel at this time or in the coming weeks.
ARM YOURSELF WITH FACTS ONLY
It’s really easy to be swept along with information on social media platforms, or non-reliable sources at a time like this. Be aware of sources you are utilising. The NHS website should be utilised if you are concerned about yourself, a family member or someone close to you for medical guidance. The Government guidelines website is the most up to date and reliable source of information regarding what we should all be doing. Limit the amount of news/articles you are reading or watching.
If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, talk to someone. It’s OK to be worried – talking to someone will help to prevent you become over stressed or worried about the situation. If you are self-isolating or need to over the coming weeks, keep in touch with friends via facetime and other platforms.
KNOW WHAT TO DO
Follow the government guidelines which are being updated daily. Wash your hands, for 20 seconds and do this often. Remember, this isn’t just self-care, it is also caring for others.
CREATE A NEW ROUTINE
Stick to your usual routine as much as you can, if you need to make adjustments, find and research new hobbies you can start at home. Maintain waking up and going to bed at the same time. This will also help with anxious feelings.
Helpline services available
- Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis
- If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
- All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors
- Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
- Comforts, advises and protects children 24 hours a day and offers free confidential counselling.
- Phone 0800 1111 (24 hours)
- Chat 1-2-1 with a counsellor online
- Information, support and listening for people under 25.
- Phone 0808 808 4994 (24 hours)
- Get support online
- 24 hour confidential listening and support for anyone who needs it. (Adults included.)
- Phone 116 123 (24 hours)
For further advice and information, see https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/