Take care of your mind
Taking care of your mental health is important, now more than ever.
Covid-19 has spun our world on its head and its effect is starting to take its toll on a lot of people mentally.
Keeping active and eating well is important, but so is taking care of our mental health.
Here are a few tips to help manage our mental health and well-being during these difficult times:
Keep updated, but filter the facts and fiction
• Rumours which are spread very often through newspapers, clickbait stories and fake news on social media can have a serious negative effect, especially if you are prone to suffering with anxiety related disorders.
• Get your updates and advice on reputable sources including:
• Restrict your time on social media and avoid reading comments which may increase your anxiety, limit the news if you find this is significantly bothering you
• During times of increased stress, it is good to get support from friends, family and colleagues. Stay in touch either with e-mail, phone or text!
• Try as much as possible to stick to a regular daily routine.
• Stay in touch with friends on social media but try not to sensationalise things. If you are sharing content, use this from trusted sources, and remember that your friends might be worried too
Avoid additional unnecessary stress
• It is natural to feel over whelmed at times like this. And this will be a particularly challenging time if you have experiences trauma or mental health problems in the past
• It is important to be aware of habits which may increase anxiety levels such as drinking and smoking
• Keep conversations light and try not to ‘what if’ as this can make the situation appear to be worse than it is