With all the changes to daily life that have happened recently, you may be finding it harder to do many of the things you were before.
You may be feeling lonely, anxious or bored. If you are affected by a neurological problem, you may be worried and stressed about whether you are more at risk from coronavirus.
It is OK to feel this way.
Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it.
We have brought together some information and links that should support you to cope and manage your health and feelings while you stay at home.
What is mental wellbeing?
Mental wellbeing is about your thoughts, your feelings and how you cope with the ups and downs of everyday life.
Alongside your mental health, mental wellbeing includes other important things like how satisfied you are with your life, your sense of purpose, and how in control you feel.
However, just as with your physical health, it is important to remember to take care of your mental health and wellbeing while staying at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
How can I take care of my mental wellbeing?
Your mental wellbeing, and mental health, can be affected by many different parts of your life and are also linked to you physical and social wellbeing too.
Ways of improving your mental wellbeing include:
- staying connected with others
- keeping physically and mentally active
- making time for relaxation
- finding ways to stay calm and manage your feelings
Planning some kind of daily routine can be a good way of making time for some or all of these each day. You should think about what works for you, and try to be creative if some of the ways you did things before are no longer available to you.
Every Mind Matters, by the NHS, have a quiz that can support you to develop a 'Mind plan' with suggestions that might help.
Although it is important to stay up to date, spending too much time watching or reading news and commentary about the coronavirus can add to feelings of anxiety.
Talking to people you trust can help if you are feeling overwhelmed. If you cannot speak to someone you know or if it hasn't helped, make sure you get further support if you feel you need it.
If you are worried about someone else, Every Mind Matters have some tips on how you can support them.
What can I do if I am struggling or need further support?
If you are finding it difficult or feel that you need more immediate help with your mental health, you should speak with your GP or healthcare team. For people living in England, you may be able refer yourself for psychological support online.
If you need to talk to someone right now, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123.
You can find other sources of urgent support on the NHS website.
Where can I find more information on mental wellbeing?
We have gathered information, links and resources that can help you stay informed and support you to take care of your mental health and mental wellbeing.
Mental health advice
- Every Mind Matters (NHS)
- Mental Health Foundation
- Mental Health UK
- Anxiety UK
- Age UK
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Apps and online resources
- Active coping April - Action for Happiness
- Elefriends - Mind's online support community
- Positive Wellbeing - HealthUnlocked
- Mental Wellbeing audioguides - NHS
- Mind Plan quiz - Every Mind Matters
- Relaxation exercises - Patient.info
Last updated: 06/04/2020