CORONAVIRUS: WELLBEING AND MENTAL HEALTH: USEFUL LINKS AND GUIDANCE

We have prepared a list of useful resources and links for wellbeing and mental health.

Mental Health Foundation advises keeping in touch with other people regularly on social media, e-mail or on the phone and to create a new daily routine that prioritises looking after yourself. They also advise managing how you follow the outbreak in the media – rely on reputable sources and if the news is causing you huge stress, find a balance.
BBC News offers guidance on how to protect your mental health which suggests having breaks from social media and muting things which are triggering.
Mental health charity Mind has published an article which covers plans for staying at home or indoors, taking care of your mental health and wellbeing as well as a checklist assessing whether you are ready to stay at home for two weeks.
The World Health Organisation has issued a document on mental health and psychosocial considerations during the outbreak.
Beyond Blue’s article on looking after your mental health during the outbreak advises people to try to maintain a practical and calm approach.
The Independent has an article on how to prioritise wellbeing and mental health during the outbreak. This notes that WHO suggests individuals “find opportunities to amplify positive and hopeful stories and positive images of local people who have experienced Covid-19”
Age UK has an informative page on coronavirus which covers what you should do if you are a carer for someone else, if you are worried about someone and if you are feeling anxious about coronavirus.
Gov.UK has given guidance on looking after your wellbeing while staying at home – “Think about things you can do during your time at home. People who have not minded staying at home for a week 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.”
With gyms being a high-risk area for the virus, many are looking for alternative ways to keep active during the epidemic. The NHS has an article on gym-free exercises and gym-free workouts. Also, many influencers have taken to social media apps such as Instagram to offer free home workouts and some are even doing live-streamed workouts. The Telegraph has an article on how the over 70s who are self-isolating can keep fit and healthy. The Telegraph also has a more general article on how to look after your mental health when self-isolating.
The Guardian’s article on the matter states that “if you are not self-isolating, or you have emerged from self-isolation, one way to take your mind off your anxieties is by trying to unearth the presently invisible need in your community.” With regards to keeping fit, the article recommends 30 minutes a day of online yoga. The overall point that is reiterated is to be kind to yourself.
Young Minds emphasises the importance of staying calm during self-isolation and recommends apps you can use to practice mindfulness.
Mental Health Europe has an article giving 8 ways to look after your mental health during the outbreak. These are:
  1. Seek accurate information from legitimate sources
  2. Set limits around news on COVID-19
  3. Look after yourself
  4. Reach out to others and support people around you
  5. Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking
  6. Acknowledge your feelings
  7. Take time to talk with your children about the COVID-19 outbreak
  8. Ask for professional support

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