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Self-Care During Covid-19 – Mental Health Awareness

The Coronavirus outbreak has understandably triggered feelings of anxiety and distress amongst many individuals. However, for those suffering from Mental Illness, isolation can trigger more extreme reactions, including suicidal thoughts.

 

With Government recommendations including social distancing and self-isolation, it is more important than ever to reach out to friends and family and remain digitally connected. Mental Health is a topic we care very deeply about at Vital People, which Is why we have put together a short article full of self-care advice you can practice during Covid-19:

·        Stay Connected

Although remaining physically distant is temporarily required to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus, digital alternatives are available. If you know someone who may be distressed, make sure you reach out! Social Media, text/WhatsApp messaging and phone/video calls are great ways of remaining connected from a distance!

 

·        Plan your routine

Whether you are working from home, or taking some time for yourself, plan your day. Try sticking to your usual routine as best as possible E.g. wake up, eat and sleep at the same times – Or use this as an opportunity to change your routine if you don’t like the one you have!

 

·        Find ways to spend your time

Keeping your mind occupied and challenged is one way to improve well-being when self-isolating. This could be having a clear out, doing puzzles, completing the DIY task you have been putting off or even relaxing yoga to unwind at the end of the day.

 

·        Stay Active

Gyms may be closed, and outdoor activity may be restricted, but there are lots of exercises that can be completed at home. YouTube and Instagram offer a wide selection of at-home workouts using minimal equipment, or if you prefer, go on a walk outside, being careful to remain a safe distance from others! (At time of writing individuals are permitted to exercise outdoors once per day). Research has found that physical exercise boosts self-esteem and mood, as well as reducing stress.

 

·        Remind yourself YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

 

·        Have resources available

Spend time getting together links and contact numbers for organisations offering Mental Health Support. We have included some below, but we encourage you to use resources you are comfortable with.

Samaritans – Call 116 123 / https://www.samaritans.org/

HopelineUK – Call 0800 068 4141

AnxietyUK – Call 03444 775 774 / www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Men’s Health Forum –www.menshealthforum.org.uk

PAPYRUS – Call 0800 068 4141 / www.papyrus-uk.org

NHS Website – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

IMPORTANT: If someone’s life is in danger, or they have seriously harmed themselves, phone 999 for an ambulance or go to A&E

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