Infection disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (Covid 19) situation can be scary and can affect our mental health. While it's important to stay informed, it's also important to manage your mental wellbeing during such times:
Looking after you
- Stay Active
- Get enough sleep/ rest
- Stay hydrated
- Avoid excessive amounts of alcohol
- Eat healthy foods when possible
- If you're self isolating, boredom busting resources are available through Chatter Pack - such as Virtual Tours, Online Learning, Arts and Culture Resources and Entertainment
- Set a limit on your media consumption, including social media, local or national news
- Only read updates about the COVID-19 outbreak from reputable sources. St Helens Council's website answers local coronavirus FAQs. https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/coronavirus/latest-updates-and-information/
- The government website has all the latest information:https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
- Mental Health At Work have put together a great list of tools and resources for keeping good mental health whilst working at home here
- Remember it's #OK2ASK for help if you're not feeling ok. If you're having suicidal thoughts it's important you tell someone - here's our guidance for getting the help you need.
- #KindToYourMind is a new website produced by Cheshire and Merseyside partnership. It provides online resources including apps, courses and podcasts to support health and wellbeing https://kindtoyourmind.org/alma/
North West Boroughs Healthcare Trust have also provided a new 24 mental health crisis helpline> call 01925 275309 (1) for Adults (2) for Children & Young People
Mind has put together a great list of top tips for maintaining wellbeing during the Covid-19 outbreak. Please read them and follow them, they’re really useful.