01st, Apr 2020
The current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has brought a lot of fear around the world, leaving most of us feeling anxious and overwhelmed during this uncertain time. With the virus being the main focus on everyone’s mind, it can be hard to get away from thinking about it and this can also have a negative effect on our mental health.
However, while it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such times.
To help you, your friends and your family, we have gathered some information to help you look after your mental health.
It will be the new norm for a lot of us, having to stay at home and resist making plans to meet up with friends or even go to work. Many of us will be working from home and this can be quite a change to our daily routines. However, this is the time to create a new daily routine and one which prioritises looking after yourself and your mental wellbeing.
There is so much currently surfacing on the internet regarding information on COVID-19 and while we can get carried away reading into every story the pops up on our newsfeed, we must remember to check if it is a reliable source with true facts.
To avoid becoming overwhelmed with information, try limiting the amount of time spent looking at social media feeds and only catch up on the news once a day if you want to be kept up to date with the current situation.
You can get up-to-date, reliable information and advice here:
A new Covid 19 NI app has also recently been launched which has regular advivce on Coronavirous and has a symptom checker feature. For further information click here.
You may be in quarantine with a friend, a loved one or your family, but for many of us we cannot visit the people we normally would keep in contact with. We are very lucky that we have phones and laptops which allow us to easily stay connected, whether it’s over social media, a skype call or via text. It is important to keep in touch with our loved ones and check in on each other regularly.
We are seeing the message everywhere - wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
When should you wash your hands?
At Kingsbridge Healthcare Group, we want to make sure you are fully aware of what you need to do to help avoid catching the virus and spreading it onto others.
For further information on the precautions we are taking to protect our patients and their families from COVID-19 you can read the latest information here.
For further information on tips on how to look after your mental health throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Mental Health Foundation.
Remember, we are all in this together. Stay Safe and look out for each other!
GOV.UK - https://www.gov.uk/
HSC - https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus
WHO - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
PE Class with Joe Wicks - https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html
Yin Yoga with Treenatritious - https://www.facebook.com/treenatritious/photos/a.153944144992456/1047805428939652/?type=3&theater
Free Mindfulness Lessons - https://www.mindfulnessuk.com/learn-mindfulness-for-individuals
Mental Health Foundation - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus
Source: Mental Health Foundation