We are currently finding ourselves in very unsettling and uncomfortable times with coronavirus pandemic outbreak. These are difficult times and we all face the uncertainty of how our lives will now change, impacting our work, our normal interaction with family and friends and the emotional impact of a sudden and unexpected disruption.
You might be worried about being asked to stay at home or to avoid other people.
Although this might feel difficult or stressful, there are lots of things you can try that could help your mental health and wellbeing. All the hyperlinks on here will direct to reputable and good quality websites (NHS, government and charitable organisations).
I would encourage everyone to try and avoid speculation and look up reputable sources on the outbreak. Rumour and speculation can fuel anxiety. Having access to good quality information about the virus can help you feel more in control. Be sure you can trust the websites you are visiting for any information.
Mind.org.uk has put together some information to help us to cope if:
you’re feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus.
you’re staying at home or avoiding public places as part of social distancing.
you have to self-isolate. This means you avoid contact with other people and follow strict hygiene rules. The NHS has advice about self-isolation in English and advice about self-isolation in Welsh. For how long to self-isolate, see the current government advice in English or the current government advice in Welsh.
And it covers:
This is the link to Mind’s website where you can find all the information:
Practicing the "Apple" technique to deal with anxiety and worries.
Acknowledge: Notice and acknowledge the uncertainty as it comes to mind.
Pause: Don't react as you normally do. Don't react at all. Pause and breathe.
Pull back: Tell yourself this is just the worry talking, and this apparent need for certainty is not helpful and not necessary. It is only a thought or feeling. Don't believe everything you think. Thoughts are not statements or facts.
Let go: Let go of the thought or feeling. It will pass. You don't have to respond to them. You might imagine them floating away in a bubble or cloud.
Explore: Explore the present moment, because right now, in this moment, all is well. Notice your breathing and the sensations of your breathing. Notice the ground beneath you. Look around and notice what you see, what you hear, what you can touch, what you can smell. Right now. Then shift your focus of attention to something else - on what you need to do, on what you were doing before you noticed the worry, or do something else - mindfully with your full attention.