Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and its soon to be merged partner trust, Dudley and Walsall Partnership NHS Trust, know only too well how important it is for people to look after their mental health.Â Which is why we would encourage anyone who is feeling worried or anxious about coronavirus to visit Public Health England (PHE) Every Mind Matters website.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, helpless, overwhelmed, confused or angry, and itâ€™s important to remember that itâ€™s OK to feel this way, and that everyone reacts differently to different events.
There are some simple things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty â€“ and doing so will help you think clearly and make sure you are able to look after yourself and those you care about.
Marcus Leonard, Talking Therapies Manager said, â€œSelf isolation for those who have lost a routine can be challenging, we use routine to regulate mood so having a new routine in place can be crucial to good mental health. Meditation also has a formidable evidence base for physical and mental health and is only an â€˜appâ€™ away.â€
Here are 10 ways you can help improve your mental health and wellbeing if you are worried or anxious about the coronavirus outbreak.
- Stick to the facts
- Connect with people
Maintaining healthy relationships with people we trust is important for our mental wellbeing. Whether it’s in person, over the phone, via messages or online, talking to others can help you develop a balanced view of the situation and make you both feel better.
- Talk about your worries
It’s normal to feel a bit worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember: it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust â€“ and doing so may help them too.
- Support and help others
Helping someone else can benefit you as well as them, so try to be a little more understanding of other people’s concerns, worries or behaviours at this time.
- Make a plan
Thinking and planning ahead for if you need to stay at home should help you feel more prepared and less concerned. Think through a normal week: how might it be affected and what would you need to do to solve it?
- Look after your body
Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly.
- Stay on top of difficult feelings
Concern about the coronavirus outbreak is perfectly normal. However, some people may experience intense anxiety that can affect their daily life. Try to focus on the things you can control, such as your behaviour, who you speak to, and where and how often you get information.
- Do things you enjoy
If we’re feeling worried, anxious or low, we might stop doing things we usually enjoy. Focusing on your favourite hobby, learning something new or simply taking time to relax with others will help with anxious thoughts and feelings.
- Focus on the present
Focusing on the present, rather than worrying about the future, can help with difficult emotions and improve our wellbeing. Relaxation techniques can also help some people deal with feelings of anxiety.
- Look after your sleep
Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel mentally and physically, so it’s important to get enough. Try to keep a regular sleeping pattern and follow good sleep practices
Information provided courtesy of PHE. Please visit PHEâ€™s Every Mind Matters website for further information.