Covid-19 has impacted on many of the normal coping strategies we use to deal with stress, and on the everyday activity that underpins our emotional wellbeing. During this time, we may need to be more creative and thoughtful about how we look after ourselves.

Manage your Stress Bucket

Stress is a part of everyday life. It can help us take action and work productively. But if our Stress Bucket becomes full it can also overwhelm us and impact negatively on our mental health.

Everyday stressors including work, money and family flow into that Stress Bucket like rain. But we also have ways of coping that allow this stress to flow out, like holes in the bucket. But right now during Covid-19;

  • Our Stress Bucket might be getting fuller – it’s “raining” more
  • Some of our normal ways of coping, the “holes” in our Stress Bucket, might be unavailable due to Covid-19.

Right now we might need to re-think how we cope with stress.


Top Self-help Guides for managing Stress

NHS Self-Help Guides – Managing Stress

NHS Self-Help Guides – Managing Stress – Easy Read version

Every Mind Matters – Feeling Stressed?

Mind – How to manage stress


SOCIAL DISTANCING IS ABOUT PHYSICAL DISTANCE, NOT EMOTIONAL DISTANCE.

Looking after your Wellbeing

  1. Connect with people

Connections with other people are the bedrock of our mental wellbeing.

Though contact with others is challenged by current restrictions it is more important to maintain than ever. You may not be able to pop round for a cuppa or meet with friends in the pub but you can still connect – FaceTime, Telephone, text, social media, a conversation over the garden fence, or even write a letter.

  1. Share your worries

It’s normal to feel worried or helpless about the current situation and how its impacting on you. Share your concerns with people you trust – it may also help them to talk about it – or if you are feeling isolated from other people there are a number of helplines and online forums where you can find a listening ear.

  1. Help others

Helping others is a sure fire way of boosting your wellbeing, and now is a time when giving to others can make a real difference. There are a large number of volunteering opportunities to support the Covid-19 response, such as being an NHS responder – but also the opportunity to help practically – shopping for a neighbour and so on.

One of the most important things you have to offer right now is your time, and your ears. Make contact with others, reach out, check-in and show you care.

  1. Stay healthy

Our physical health really affects how we feel.

  • Eat as healthily as you can and drink enough water.
  • Stay active indoors. There is a wide range of online or TV exercise programmes, for all ages. Or develop your own indoor workout, set yourself challenges and plan a daily routine.
  • Green spaces boost our wellbeing. Go out for a walk or run, spend time in your garden.
  • Getting enough sleep can really impact how we feel – be sure to maintain a regular sleeping pattern.
  • Avoid drugs and too much alcohol. It’s easy to fall into unhealthy coping patterns that make you feel worse.
  • Let services know you are staying at home and plan how you will continue accessing treatment and support for any existing physical or mental health problems if possible.
  1. Keep your mind active

Keeping your mind active and learning new things is good for your wellbeing! And a perfect distraction during these challenging times.

  • Get creative! Draw, colour, make a playlist, bake, write a song…
  • Get a new hobby! Play guitar, learn to cook, try a new exercise….
  • Home school! There are 1,000’s of online courses waiting for you…
  • Pay attention! Take time to look at what’s going on around you…

Mindfulness can help positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Look for free mindfulness apps or search on line for how to start.

  1. Know your employment and benefits rights

Work and money worries created by Covid-19 can have a big effect on your mental health. Visit our website for links to more information and organisations that can advise you about money, employment and benefits during Covid-19. Don’t delay.

  1. Make Plans (but be realistic about what you can achieve!!)
  • Get productive! Make a To Do List of jobs around the home.
  • Work out what household supplies you need and how you can get them. If you can’t get out yourself ask a friend or try a home delivery service.
  • Contact your GP or Pharmacist to discuss how you can get any ongoing medicine or repeat prescriptions delivered, or collected.
  • Make the most of your time! This could be the perfect opportunity to take up a new hobby, read those books you always wanted to read, pick up that guitar that has been gathering dust in the corner
  1. Physical Environment

For some people having a clean and organised home environment not only helps lift their mood but gives you something to focus on thats within your control.

  1. Routine

Having a routine is particularly effective at warding off anxiety and worry.

  • Write a timetable for your week
  • Pick regular times to exercise, eat, watch tv, read, do a crossword etc
  • Maintain normal sleep patterns
  • If you work from home set regular hours
  • Build in regular time to keep in contact with people
  • Set yourself goals and build in new activity to your weekly plan

Download our simple Wellbeing Plan now


Top Guides for Looking after your Wellbeing

Mind – How to look after your wellbeing

Every Lind Matters – Top tips to improve your mental wellbeing

Action for Happiness – Be calm. Stay wise. Be kind.

Young Minds – Looking after yourself

 


If you are really struggling to cope, or feel overwhelmed by difficult feelings, then reach out for professional help. It’s still available and it’s OK to ask for more support to see you through this difficult time.

If you are really struggling to cope, or feel overwhelmed by difficult feelings, then reach out for professional help. It’s still available and it’s OK to ask for more support to see you through this difficult time.

It’s important to recognise that some people will feel so overwhelmed they need professional support, and some may even think about suicide.

Whether you are struggling to cope with difficult emotions, or are having thoughts of suicide, there is hope and you are not alone.

  • Share your feelings with a good friend, a relative or a work mate.
  • If it feels hard to find the words, speak to someone who is trained to listen, like the Samaritans on 116 123, or other telephone/text helplines. You can talk to them about whatever’s getting to you, in your own way, and they can also help you explore the range of help available.
  • Contact your GP or ring NHS 111. Be open about how you are feeling. Talk to a friend and plan what you want to say, and if possible get someone you live with to accompany you.
  • A wide range of ways to get help and support are listed in the Get Help section of our website including talking therapies, self-help guides, peer support groups, online help and apps.
  • If you have, or have had previous contact with Mental Health Services contact your key worker or the Single Point of Access SPA Line

Thoughts of suicide are not uncommon – a lot of people will have them – around one in five of us during our lifetime. Having these thoughts doesn’t make it inevitable that you are going to kill yourself.

If you are having thoughts of suicide focus on what you need to do to keep yourself safe for now. Visit our Thinking about Suicide and Safety Planning pages to learn more about what practical steps you can take to keep yourself safe.

Thoughts of suicide do pass and there are things that you and other people can do to make your situation better.


Mental Health & Wellbeing during Covid-19

Covid-19 has now had a far reaching impact on people right across the world and it’s important during this time to take care of your mind as well as your body.

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Everyone will be reacting in their own way. You might be feeling frustrated or lonely. Concerned about your finances, your health or relatives. And you might be feeling down, worried or anxious. It is OK to feel like this. These are normal reactions to uncertainty and to challenging events.

Covid-19 has also impacted on many of the normal coping strategies we use to deal with stress, and on the everyday activity that underpins our emotional wellbeing. During this time, we may need to be more creative and thoughtful about how we look after ourselves.

Our Guide to looking after yourself and others contains practical information about things you can do now to look after your mental health and wellbeing, and how you can support others.

Check out the Covid-19 pages for more information and links to help and support


Wellbeing and Mental Health during Covid-19

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Your Wellbeing

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Children and Young People

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Working from Home

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Helping Others

Check-in, keep contact and to offer support to those around us.

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Get Help

Information, guidance, services and support during Covid-19

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