We are living in truly unprecedented times.
The COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak is impacting the world and is causing much uncertainty. It is therefore normal to feel somewhat concerned or anxious, but it is important that we take steps to protect our mental health and the mental health of others during these difficult times.
Some of the recommended ways to help protect our mental health, as suggested by the World Health Organization and other health bodies include;
- Limit the news you read – A lot of us will want to stay up-to-date with the latest news to try and alleviate our fears of uncertainty. However, reading too much of the news can damage our mental health and may lead to extra anxiety. Try to only check the news a few times a day and stick to reliable sources – for links to official health advice, check our Coronavirus section. You might also want to take a break from social media if it is causing you to feel anxious.
- Stay in regular contact with friends and family – Health advice is advising against face-to-face meetings, but it’s still really important to stay in regular contact with friends and family through alternative means such as messaging, video chats and phone calls. Many of us will be going through a challenging time and will be facing difficult decisions, so its best to talk them through and check up on each other. Also try to talk about other topics, just to have a break from Coronavirus discussion.
- Follow health advice, but not excessively to the point of worry – Health advice such as washing hands is important, but try not to overthink it or do it excessively. Completing such actions excessively or overthinking them could lead us to feel increasingly anxious.
- Avoid burnout – Take some time to relax and reflect. Talk to others and try to keep occupied, just not too occupied. Restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak are likely to increase, and so we should be prepared. Everyone is facing the same situation – remember we’re all in this together.