Taking care of your mental health
Being in isolation can be stressful and create anxiety. The following are some ways to look after your mental health over this time.
Connect: Keep in touch with friends and family. Use the phone, email and social media, or by using video technologies like Messenger or WhatsApp and Zoom.
Get a plan: Have a daily routine. This could include showering and getting dressed each day, having regular mealtimes, and exercising (within your home or garden).
Do something: Use the time to do new things. Quiet time is a great time to do activities like crafts, drawing, reading or writing.
Get outside: Spend time outdoors. If you have a private courtyard, balcony or garden, spend some time there each day to get some fresh air and sun.
Learn: Learn more about COVID-19 from trustworthy and credible sources. Understanding more about the virus might help you feel less anxious.
Need some human contact?
Need to talk:
Call or text 1737
speak to a qualified counsellor;
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Need to talk to someone local or need a visit:
call 25664 or 08001814
to talk to one of our local mental health teams.
Speak to your Health Clinic if your mental health worsens or you feel like you are falling apart. Your Health Clinic staff are there to support your physical and mental health.
Relaxation is an important part of energy conservation. It can also
help you to control your anxiety, improve the quality of your life and
reduce pain and discomfort. Below are two relaxation techniques you
can use to manage anxiety and help you relax.
Grounding techniques for when you feel anxious:
Take a few slow gentle breaths and focus on your five senses.
- 5 things you can SEE
- 4 things you can FEEL
- 3 things you can HEAR
- 2 things you can SMELL
- 1 thing you can TASTE
Think of these answers to yourself slowly, one sense at a time spending at least 10 seconds focusing on each sense.
Picture yourself somewhere Calm:
Think of somewhere relaxing and peaceful. It could be a memory of somewhere you have been or a made-up place.
1. Close your eyes, and think about the details of this place.
2. What do you notice?
3. What do you see?
4. What colours and shapes can you see?
5. Can you hear any sounds?
6. Is it warm or cool?
7. What does the ground feel like?
8. Enjoy the feeling and relax
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