It’s understandable to feel stressed, anxious or worried at the moment, so we’ve prepared some top tips to help you to look after your mental health.
If you are feeling anxious then this is what you should do:
- Focus on managing the anxiety rather than trying to get rid of it
- Follow the health guidance given as fully as possible
- Keep up to date with the news but only as much as you need to be informed and avoid social media posts and information from unverified sources as these will fuel worry and uncertainty
- Talk to friends and family, stay in touch and have discussions about normal things as well as the current situation
- Talk about emotions and try not to push them away – they tend to come back stronger if you do
- Try to focus on what is happening now rather than what could happen in the future
- Take time to do enjoyable activity including exercise
- Drink plenty of water and try to maintain a balanced diet.
Take breaks from news and social media
The amount of content regarding coronavirus can be overwhelming, frightening and a lot of the time misleading. Try to limit the time you spend on social media as the virus is the main focus and being bombarded by posts about it can lead to anxiety and depression. If possible mute articles and posts around the virus and stick to reputable sources of information. When checking on the news, try to set this at a specific time of day and stick to it so that you aren’t constantly inundated with the same topic.
Wash your hands – but not excessively
Try to recognise the function behind your hand washing and cleanliness behaviours. Ask yourself am I washing or cleaning for the recommended amount of time to reduce the risk infection – or is this behaviour happening ritualistically in a specific order until it ‘feels right’?
Stay connected with people
Try to arrange regular check-in times with friends and family.
Try to ensure that you maintain positive routines but also set yourself goals to get variety in your life. Groundhog day will set in and it is a good time to try complete those household tasks and goals you’ve been putting off.
Make time to relax and unwind. Mindfulness techniques can be useful to remain in the present moment. Try to notice when your thoughts are spiralling and ground yourself in the moment by focussing on things around you. What can I see, hear, touch around me right now. Use this to remind yourself that ‘in this present moment I am safe’.
Take care of your physical health
Regular exercise is recommended, deep breathing and stretches can also aid in de-stressing. Try to ensure that you maintain a good routine regarding your eating and sleeping habits. It can be tempting to eat easy meals and junk food but eating well balanced healthy meals will help in managing your mood as well. Get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.
How to contact us
If any Doncaster residents feel they need help or support for anxiety they should contact:
Talking Shop by calling 01302 565650.
Anyone with a long term condition can call RDaSH’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Long Term Conditions Team on 01302 379563 or reach them via the Single Point of Access Team on 01302 566999.
If any Rotherham residents feel they need help or support for anxiety they should contact:
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Team by calling 01709 447755.
Residents in North Lincolnshire who feel that they need help or support to ease their anxiety should contact:
Talking Shop by calling 01724 867297.
Support for 11-25-year-olds in North Lincolnshire
A free online mental health and wellbeing support service for children and young people has been launched in Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, via our partners Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership.
People aged 11-25 can use www.kooth.com to receive one-on-one online sessions with counsellors, peer-to-peer support and more.