Coronavirus and mental health

We know that right now it’s really difficult to not be overwhelmed by the constant news coverage on Coronavirus. With everyone being told to stay indoors, it’s hard to find distractions from what is going on in the world. It’s okay if this makes you feel a bit more stressed or anxious than usual.
Thankfully, there are plenty of resources out there to help you disconnect from the news and manage the stress you may be experiencing. We’ve put a list together of tips and resources to help you disconnect, de-stress and stay positive during this challenging time:
Top tips:
  • Limit how much you check the news and/or social media – perhaps check at set times in the day, and try to stick to trustworthy sources such as the NHS website  to avoid misinformation that may cause more stress
  • Keep connected – it’s as important as ever to keep in touch with friends and family, even if it has to be through phone or video call for now! Looking out for and helping others can also provide a distraction and make you feel better. There are lots of stories of people doing acts of kindness for others at this time 
  • Try a new hobby – if your social events have been cancelled, try a new activity or hobby that you might not otherwise have had the time to do
  • Allocate a worry period – if you find yourself stressing, allow yourself a short time each day to worry as much as you like to get it out of your system, and then get on with the rest of your day
  • Remember that anxiety passes – try and keep perspective, focus on what you can do to help yourself, and remind yourself that it will pass
Some great resources are: Support services
Please remember that we have a Financial Support team who can support with benefit checks, and any concerns you may have about your finances. Get your questions answered and find out how to contact them here. We’ve also made a directory with even more resources on health and wellbeing and tailored services for each of the boroughs we work in that you can access here.
Posted: 26/03/2020 By Olivia Williams