COVID-19 and Mental Health
Many people are naturally worried or stressed about the impact that coronavirus (COVID-19) may have upon them, their work, their friends, families and loved ones. For some people though who have mental health concerns, following government advice to wash our hands more frequently during this crisis, can of itself be difficult or stressful.
This blog shares some top tops from www.mind.org.uk to help you stay in control of your mental health, and stay well.
Try to set limits on how often, or for how long you wash your hands. Remember the recommendation is 20 seconds.
Make sure you plan to do something immediately after washing your hands. This could help to shift your focus and distract you.
Talking to others, either in your household or to friends via the phone or video call if you live alone or are self-isolating, may help. If appropriate, it may also be useful to remind them that discussing hand washing or hygiene, however well intentioned, may cause you to struggle.
Be mindful of reading and re-reading the same advice or watching repeated updates on COVID-19 on the television or radio if you find this stressful. But do follow important health advice to keep you safe.
If you are self-isolating, or working from home, you may find you have more time than usual to concentrate on your mental health and feelings of wellness. If you find a relaxing exercise such as yoga useful, perhaps you could schedule some more time around this.
Getting some fresh air and sunlight whilst walking, running or cycling for your daily exercise can be a big help too, but remember to follow government advice on social distancing at all times.
Simple breathing exercises may also help to give you feelings of calm control.
Remember to take any medicines as instructed by your doctor or healthcare professional during this time, and if you do need more support, don’t be afraid to reach out to them – they are there to help you.
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