Looking after our mental health during the pandemic
More than two-thirds of adults in the UK (69%) have reported feeling somewhat or very worried about the effect Covid-19 is having on their life. The most common issues affecting wellbeing are worry about the future, feeling stressed or anxious and feeling bored.
So, how can we protect our mental health during this time? Here are a few ideas to help us manage our anxiety and feelings of loneliness.
We all do it without giving it much attention – but when we really pay attention to our breathing, we begin to build resilience to stress, anxiety, and anger. Follow the link for a simple guide to mindful breathing .
The restrictions imposed by the Government allow for exercise outdoors during the pandemic (please check the restrictions in your area on the Government's website).
The Ramblers say that walking has many benefits:
- it improves wellbeing and helps fight stress and depression
- like other physical activities, walking releases endorphins which improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety.
- Walking helps control weight and helps improve our body image and confidence,
- we feel fitter.
- Active people have a reduced risk of suffering clinical depression.
- Spending time in the outdoors and in contact with the natural environment – for example by walking in parks, woodland and green spaces – can have a positive effect on mental health (see below).
Source: The Ramblers
Researchers at the University of California and Trinity College, Dublin, have found that weekly 15-minute (yes, really!) “awe walks” helped relieve negative moods and improved happiness among study participants who reported increased positive emotions and less distress in their daily lives.
For more information and How To Do It, follow this awe walk link.
How to Manage Your Worries
'How to Manage Your Worries' is a quick and easy guide on how to cope with the things you worry about.
People you could get in touch with
Samaritans 116 123
Whatever problems you are facing Samaritans are always there to listen.
CALM Campaign Against Living Miserably 0800 58 58 58
This is a Helpline for men (and women) of all ages. It is open from 5pm until midnight 365 days a year.
Silverline 0800 470 80 90 offers information, friendship and advice for older people all day, every day.
Childline 0800 11 11
This helpline is currently available from 9am until midnight and on line for one-to-one chat
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"A thought to help us through these difficult times: be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
Rev Dr John Watson 1850 –1907, writing as Ian Maclaren
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Have Courage And Be Kind: Random Acts of Kindness Day: 17th February 2021 #RAKDay