Looking after mental health

Try to avoid speculation and use reputable sources on the outbreak such as :-

  • Public Health England
  • Public Health Wales
  • Health Protection Scotland
  • NHS
  • .gov.uk
  • World Health Organisation

Try to anticipate distress

  • Acknowledge how you are feeling
  • Talk to somebody you trust if you are feeling anxious
  • Reassure people you know who may be worried
  • Check in with people you know are “living alone”
  • Hold a “family meeting”

Try to stay connected

  • Keep in touch with friends and family
  • Set up private chat groups on WhatsApp
  • Increase commodification with colleagues

Try to manage how you follow the outbreak in the media

  • Limit your consumption of the news and social media to key times (e.g. daily evening update on the BBC)

Stick to a daily routine

  • Keep active (join a “breakfast” lives-stream workout on YouTube)
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Have a “to do” list
  • Tidy up
  • Take a lunch break
  • Have a regular start and end to your day
  • Don’t work in your bedroom or main living area

If you are in self isolation or quarantine

  • Acknowledge that it is a different rhythm of life
  • Take time out to read something new
  • Be gentle with yourself, rest if you need to
Last updated byadmin on April 6, 2020
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