Your mental health and wellbeing

Advice and ideas about how to look after your wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

During this exceptional time, you, your friends and family may experience lots of emotions and feelings.

You may feel low, worried, anxious, bored or even lonely - as well as being concerned about your health or of those close to you.

Everyone reacts differently to events, and how we think, feel or behave can change over time.

It's important that you take care of your mind as well as your body and get support if you need it.

Government and NHS advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing

To help you, the government has produced some guidance on what can help your mental health and wellbeing, and where you can get further support.

You can find out more on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing on the government's website.

There is also specific guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing during the outbreak.

The NHS has also published advice on how to deal with anxiety about coronavirus on its Every Mind Matters website.

Things to consider to stay mentally healthy and active

Keep connected

Keeping in contact with friends, family and people you trust is important for your mental health. Stay in touch with people by telephone, video calls and social media. Think about how you can help and support others around you - it could make a big difference to them and make you feel better as well.

Take care of your physical health

This has a big effect on how you are feeling emotionally and mentally. Try to eat healthy well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise inside where possible and outside once a day. Good quality sleep also makes a big difference to how you feel, so it's important to get enough.

Get the right information

Constant access to news can make you more worried. If it is affecting you, try to only check the news at set times or limiting to a couple of checks a day. It's also important to find a credible source you can trust such as the government information on coronavirus or the NHS coronavirus advice website and fact check information that you get from newsfeeds, social media or from other people.

Take time to relax and focus on the present

This can help with difficult emotions, worries about the future, and can improve wellbeing. Relaxation techniques can also help some people to deal with feelings of anxiety. For useful resources, see the NHS's every mind matters and NHS - mindfulness information.

Do things you enjoy and keep you mind active

When you are anxious, lonely or low, you may do things that you'd normally enjoy less often, or not at all. Focusing on your favourite hobby, learning something new or simply taking time to relax indoors should give you some relief from anxious thoughts and feelings and can boost your mood.

Try something new

If you can't do the things you normally enjoy because you're staying at home, try to think about how you could adapt them, or try something new. There are lots of free tutorials and courses online - or why not join an online pub quiz or watch a streamed live music concert.

Getting mental health support

If you are feeling stressed, anxious or low, you can use the NHS's mental health and wellbeing website for self-assessment, audio guides and practical tools.

The NHS's every mind matters information also provides simple tips and advice to start taking better care of your mental health. If you are still struggling after several weeks and it is affecting your daily life, please contact NHS 111 online. In a medical emergency, call 999. This is when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk. A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical health emergency.

TalkPlus

TalkPlus is a free NHS primary care mental health service, providing support to people with common mental health problems.

You can self-refer with them by visiting the TalkPlus website and reading through the services they provide.

 
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