The current Coronavirus may make you feel worried, tense, sad, stressed, overwhelmed, angry, afraid or anxious. You may have heard difficult news or be worrying about something that might happen in the future to you or someone you care about.
It’s okay to feel this way. Everyone reacts differently to different events.
If you are feeling anxious, are feeling low in mood or concerned for your emotional health, there are lots of things you can do to help you cope.
Visit the Healthy Telford website for 5 ways to wellbeing, it is a great way to look after your emotional health and wellbeing.
Listed below are a number of ideas that may help
- It is really important to keep in contact with those around you. It gives us the opportunity to talk, to maintain relationships, to laugh and to share our concerns. New technology is helping make this easier during isolation – this includes: zoom, Facebook, Whatsapp and many more.
- For some, the more traditional approach adds huge value – a letter is lovely to receive.
- There are lots of online groups for hobbies, interests as well as support groups.
- Likewise it’s important to give yourself space from the world news as it can be overwhelming. Turn off the news notification from your phone so you control when you see the news. Try to ensure you use reliable and trusted sources for news and information.
- By volunteering your time you can positively impact your own emotional health and wellbeing and that of someone else. View more information about volunteering opportunities.
- Reach out to a friend or contact (including those you may not have spoken to for some time) – reconnect and see if they need any support or company (virtually). Ask them how they are.
- Help out those who are around you who are vulnerable – but remember to respect social distancing.
- By focusing on positive thoughts we can help reduce negative thinking and encourage a sense of calm which is good for our mental health and wellbeing. Focusing on feelings that make you feel happy, and what you can do to remain positive.
- Keep a diary of what you are doing and how you feel at different times of the day. This can help identify what's affecting you and what you need to act on.
- During your daily permitted exercise, take note of your surroundings – this could include what you can hear, see and smell.
- If you are feeling trapped by being indoors or during self-isolation, open a window and let some fresh air in. If you have access to a garden spend some time in it. If not, you could sit on your door step to get some fresh air.
- Try a new activity - some people find relaxation by practicing Yoga, mindfulness or breathing exercises helpful. They reduce tension and focus our awareness on the present moment. Think of a time when you were in a good place, the colours of the rainbow and your own favourite colour, what you enjoy doing most (such as gardening, cooking your favourite dish).
- There are lots of online courses, or training sessions to help you and your family keep fit, as well as exercises you can do from a seated position, or you can simply walk up and down the stairs:
- Plan your day and get yourself into a good routine – change this occasionally if you think something else will work better for you. Simply changing the room you spend time in can help lift our mood.
- Keeping your mind active is really important. This can be done in many ways even with isolation. This could include: drawing, writing or reading.
- Lots of museums and zoos have opened up virtual tours so you can find out about a new topic.
- Listen to the radio, audio books or music.
- Start a blog!
- Free online courses:
- Learn a new recipe. Cooking is an excellent way to keep you and your mind busy. Visit the Cooking on a Bootstrap website for simple low cost recipes.
- Learn about your sleep habits to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Try and avoid watching the TV or using the internet for an hour before you go to bed. Visit the NHS website for more information about One You.
Last updated: 11/11/2020 12:12