Looking after your mental health is more important than ever, urges Hampshire County Council as many of our lives change beyond recognition during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Public Health, Councillor Judith Grajewski, said:
Disruption to schooling, social isolation, changes to employment and being in lockdown have created a unique set of challenges for our mental health. People of all ages are experiencing stress and anxiety, so looking after your mental health and wellbeing is paramount. As a first step, take a look at Every Mind Matters (EMM) which is backed by the NHS and gives expert advice for coping during the current crisis.
Whilst at home you may feel bored, frustrated or lonely as well as being concerned about finances, health or those close to you. However, there are some simple things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental well-being including:
• staying in touch with family, friends and work colleagues;
• keeping active by exercising regularly;
• spending time doing things you enjoy such as reading, cooking, playing games or learning something new;
• eating healthily and drinking plenty of water.
The EMM webpages also include an easy to follow guide for those who are feeling worried or anxious about coronavirus. This includes tips to help you manage these feelings and links to practical resources and useful helplines, as well as details on how to access urgent support if required.
Frontline workers whose health and mental health are under particular pressure during the coronavirus crisis can also get help from a new mental health charity, Mental Health at Work, which is offering round the clock support. The charity is a partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. NHS workers, carers, the Blue Light emergency services and key workers can call or text a trained volunteer and find resources, tips and ideas to help them look after their well-being.