NHS tips on mental wellbeing
The NHS has shared some tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus.
We have written them in an accessible way. If you would like to see the original list please click here.
10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus
Tip 1: Talk to people
Talk to people you trust.
You might not be able to meet with people you care about but you can talk to them in different ways.
You can talk on the phone or you can talk over video chat.
Talking to people you care about can help make you feel happier.
If talking to people is not helpful for you, perhaps write down your feelings or draw pictures.
Tip 2: Talk about your worries
It is normal to feel worried or scared about coronavirus.
Remember it is ok to talk about how you are feeling with people you trust.
If you cannot talk to someone you know click here to see some helplines the NHS recommends.
Tip 3: Help other people
Helping other people can make you feel good too.
You could message someone you care about to let them know you love them.
You could share a hobby together.
You could help with the housework.
It is likely other people are feeling worried too and you can help each other in lots of different ways.
Tip 4: Feel prepared
You might have some worries about staying at home.
Planning what you can do might help you feel better.
This can be planning some entertainment. Click here to go to our Things to keep you entertained section.
Or this can be planning for self-isolation. Click here to go to our Planning and preparation webpage.
Tip 5: Look after your body
Feeling physically healthy can help us feel mentally healthy too.
Try to eat healthy meals you, make sure you drink enough water or other liquids and try to stop or reduce how much alcohol you drink.
Try to exercise at least once a day. You can leave your house to exercise once a day or you can exercise at home. Click here to go to our Exercise webpage for some exercise ideas.
Tip 6: Pay attention to the facts only
There is a lot of information about the coronavirus but not all of it is true so be careful about what you see or read.
It is best if you get your facts from the government or the NHS and remember that the way the news talks about the facts can be upsetting.
It is ok if you don’t want to see the news.
Tip 7: Focus on how you feel every day
You might feel good on one day and not good on a different day.
It is important to focus on how you feel and how to feel better.
Try to focus on things you can control. This could be…
- What you do.
- Who you talk to.
- What news you and information you see.
It’s ok to feel lots of different things at the moment.
Tip 8: Do things you enjoy
Sometimes feeling worried or sad can stop you doing things you usually enjoy. But if you can do them you might feel better.
You could even try new things to see if you enjoy those too.
There are some things you might not be able to do because you have to stay at home. It’s ok if you feel sad about this. But you might be able to do some of these things at home.
Instead of going to a coffee morning have a drink and a treat while talking to someone.
Instead of going to a fitness group do an online class. If you live with other people you could do it together.
Tip 9: Focus on the present
Focusing on what is happening right now can help stop you worrying about the future.
There are some relaxation techniques that might help you. Click here to visit our webpage on Feeling relaxed.
Tip 10: Sleep
Good quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel.
Getting natural light during the day can help you sleep better at night. Try opening the curtains, sitting by the window and going outside if it is safe to do so.
Try to keep a regular sleeping pattern.
Avoid screens (like your TV, computer or mobile device) and reading news or upsetting information before bed.
Reduce the amount of caffeine you drink.
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