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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (Covid-19) has impacted the world in the worse way possible for example:

  • Financially: Across the world millions of people lost their jobs, self-employment and big businesses were impacted
  • Bereavement: Unfortunately, so many lives were lost due to Covid-19
  • Domestic violence: As countries went into lockdown the domestic violence rate increased
  • Breakups: Relationship breakdown and so much more

Many of us are struggling to maintain our mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.

You may feel worried or anxious about your finances, your health or those close to you. Perhaps you feel bored, frustrated or lonely. It's important to remember that it's OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently.

There are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel during the pandemic. Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it.

1. I have lost a loved one due to Covid-19

During the global coronavirus pandemic, millions will face the loss of someone they know and love.

Bereavement at any time is hard. Bereavement during a period of isolation with restricted movement and limited contact with family and friends is the hardest thing possible.

Here are some things to do that might help:

  • Stay in communication with your friends and family regularly
  • Remember the good times you spent with the person things that will make you smile not the bad times or how you couldn’t see them due to the virus
  • Listen to songs that's up lifting and relates to your circumstances
  • Is OK to cry it can be the body’s way of releasing stress
  • Go for a walk get some fresh air don’t stay home 24/7
  • Get support speak to a friend or family member about how you feel or your doctor
  • Remember grieving takes time so don’t try to force yourself out of it

 2. Plan practical things

If you're unable to get to the shops, work out how you can get any household supplies you need. You could try asking neighbours or family friends, or find a delivery service. 

Continue accessing treatment and support for any existing physical or mental health problems where possible. Let services know you are staying at home, and discuss how to continue receiving support. 

If you need regular medicine, you might be able to order repeat prescriptions by phone, or online via a website or app. Contact your doctor and ask if they offer this. You can also ask your pharmacy about getting your medicine delivered, or ask someone else to collect it for you. 

If you support or care for others, either in your home or by visiting them regularly, think about who can help out while you are staying at home. Let your local authority (England, Scotland and Wales only) know if you provide care or support someone you do not live with. Carers UK has further advice on creating a contingency plan. 

3. Stay connected with others

Maintaining healthy relationships with people you trust is important for your mental wellbeing.

Think about ways to stay in touch with friends and family – by phone, messaging, video calls or social media.

4. 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 – and doing so may help them too.

If you cannot speak to someone you know or if doing so has not helped, there are plenty of helplines you can try instead. See the NHS-recommended helplines

5. Look after your body

Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse.

Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Avoid smoking, drugs or drinking too much alcohol.

If you are staying at home, you could try exercising indoors, as there are lots of free online classes. Or try an easy 10-minute home workout.

6. Stay on top of difficult feelings

Concern about the coronavirus outbreak and your health is normal. However, some people may experience intense anxiety that can affect their day-to-day life.

Try to focus on the things you can control, such as how you act, who you speak to and where you get information from.

It's fine to acknowledge that some things are outside of your control, but if constant thoughts about the situation are making you feel anxious or overwhelmed, try some ideas to help manage your anxiety. 

7. Do not stay glued to the news

Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak, including on social media, and think about turning off breaking-news alerts on your phone.

You could set yourself a specific time to read updates or limit yourself to checking a couple of times a day.