Coronavirus Anxiety - Mental Wellbeing At Home

Many people are experiencing feelings of fear and uncertainty during this time, the virus "ticks all the boxes" to trigger a distress response. Worries about finances, health concerns and loved ones can lead to a natural response to life's events. Being forced to adapt to new routines, such as social distancing, self-isolation, home schooling or compulsory interaction with family adds to the issue.

With little control over our lives many of us are reporting feeling overwhelmed by a sense of heightened anxiety, hyper vigilance, fear and loss of meaning. Thankfully there are ways to cope - and to help prevent future mental health issues developing.

It's important to understand we can't control what happens with the coronavirus or the economy, but we can control how we respond to it.

Such routines could include having regular family meals together, providing opportunities to check-in with each other, playing games, dancing, exercising and listening to music together to give a sense of solidarity. Here is advice to help adults and children cope with "Covid-19 anxiety".

Further help is also available via our new Somewhere To Turn Facebook Group.

Be safe and stay connected

Self-isolation doesn't mean cutting off all communication, in fact, it's more important than ever to talk and listen, share stories and advice, and stay in touch with the people who matter to you.

Take notice of things that make you feel good

Eating healthy food, keeping moving by going out for walks or exercising can help us to feel good. Notice the beauty outside your window or on a walk around the block, taking time to acknowledge people you see.

Go on an information mini-break

The endless updates from news outlets and people on social media can be completely overwhelming. Pick one trusted source of information and visit it once a day only.

Share how you're feeling

Talk to loved ones and friends. Talking has the effect of lifting our mood and really helps us to begin to feel more positive if we're having a tough time.

Keep moving

Find ways to move your body and your mood every day. It's OK to go for a walk, run or ride your bike, as long as you avoid other people.

Stick to a routine

This sounds dull but it will help you get through each day. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time, eat regularly, shower, change your clothes, get some fresh air, book in video-chats with colleagues or friends, do your chores. Make time for fun!

Find ways to relax and distract

Finding things that help you breathe deeply, consciously setting your worries aside or focusing on the moment to recharge can be helpful. Distracting yourself by watching films or TV programmes, reading or listening to music will help you to set things in context and provide relief from anxious feelings.

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