Staying at home and not seeing loved ones can take its toll on you. It is common to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. And it is OK to feel like that.
The Government and NHS have provided some tips and advice on how we can keep on top of our mental wellbeing and cope during times of uncertainty. Share these with friends and family to look after yourself and those you care about.
There's lots of information out there so take a look at the full list of wellbeing advice from the Government in your own time.
It includes things like:
- Connect with others
- Offer support and help others
- Talk about your worries
- Be active (visit www.nhs.uk/live-well for ideas)
- Look after your sleep
- Try and manage difficult feelings
- Stick to the facts and limit your news intake – use trustworthy sources such as www.gov.uk/coronavirus or NHS websites.
- Have a routine
- Keep your mind active
- Set goals and take time to focus on the present
There's also advice about keeping your children informed and working from home .
If you need to speak to someone, you can text or call:
- SANEline: visit sane.org.uk, leave a message on 07984 967 708 giving your first name and a contact number or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Samaritans: visit www.samaritans.org or call 116 123. You can also email email@example.com
- Shout Crisis Text line: text Shout to 85258
- CALM: visit thecalmzone.net. Calm is for men in the UK who need to talk or find information and support. They are open 5pm - midnight, 365 days a year. Call 0800 58 58 58
- Young Minds: visit www.youngminds.org.uk or call the parents helpline 0808 802 5544
Accessing local support when you're struggling
For lots more advice and tips visit: