Advice if you're anxious
Last updated 9.04am, Thursday 9 April
Looking after mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak
Here are some tips and advice on looking after your mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak, including when staying at home for a prolonged period.
- Get the facts - avoid speculation and only look up information from reputable source such as gov.uk
- Stay connected - At times of stress, we work better with support. Try to keep in touch with your friends and family, or contact a helpline for emotional support.
- Involve children and family - explain the facts, but try to avoid over-exposure to coverage on the virus.
- Try to anticipate distress - It is normal to feel vulnerable and overwhelmed as we read news about the outbreak. It is important to acknowledge these feelings and remind each other to look after our physical and mental health. Try to reassure people you know who may be worried.
- Manage your media intake - There is extensive coverage about the outbreak in the news. It is important to keep informed and educate yourself but if you find watching, reading or listening to the news is causing you distress then you should limit your intake
- Mentalhhealth.org has some more detailed tips
Look after your wellbeing while staying at home
We know that staying at home for a prolonged period of time can be difficult, frustrating and lonely for some people and that you may feel low. It’s important to remember to take care of your mind as well as your body and to get support if and when you need it.
- There are also sources of support and information that can help (NHS website)
- Mental health resources (Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership)
- Shout – a text service for adults 16years and above
- SilverCloud – online therapy for adults 16 years and above
Do things you enjoy
Think about things you can do during your time at home. People who have successfully completed a period of staying at home have kept themselves busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films. If you feel well enough you can take part in light exercise within your home or garden.
Living Life to the Full provides free online courses for Greater Manchester residents covering low mood, stress and resiliency. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more.
If you are struggling with stress, feelings of anxiety or your mental health
See the NHS mental health and wellbeing advice website for self-assessment, audio guides and tools that you can use. For more information and ways to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak visit mind.org.uk