Remember, your mental and emotional health is as important as your physical health right now.  

You may be more in tune with your feelings whilst spending more time at home and it’s perfectly okay to be experiencing difficult emotions. Everyone will respond differently to the changes in everyday life. The important thing is to not let worries or concerns get on top of you. 

There are simple things you can do day-to-day to help keep on top of your emotional wellbeing.

  • Limit your access to the news. It’s good to know what’s going on but constantly absorbing coverage of the outbreak can be overwhelming. Make sure to look at reliable sources for up to date advice and information when you do, including the NHS and GOV UK, to avoid any speculation or rumours.
  • Sleep is important for our overall wellbeing. Sleep deprivation can exacerbate feelings of anxiety, so getting a good night’s sleep is key. Try to go to bed and wake up at a similar time each day to help regulate your body. Limit your screen time before bed to help  relax your brain. If you are having trouble sleeping, check out these tips to help you get a better night’s rest.
  • Do something that brings you joy. Whether that’s reading a book, finishing a puzzle or listening to your favourite music, take some time to do an activity or hobby that you know you enjoy. This can help keep your mind active and will lift your mood. 
  • Take a moment to relax. It can be difficult to find the time to pause and be calm with lots of change happening but focusing on the present can help improve mental wellbeing. There are relaxation techniques which can help with this. 
  • Try to stay in touch with others. Being at home and not seeing friends or family in person can make you feel lonely. Think about checking in with your close relations over the phone, with a text or even a video call to say hello and see how they are. 
  • Talk about what might be troubling you. Being able to speak to someone you trust can help bring perspective and manage your worries. You may even find they are experiencing some of the same feelings as you during this time. The Samaritans have put together some useful resources if you need more support. 

Our helpline offers a good first step for anyone with questions or concerns around any aspect of life, whether it be budgeting, mental health or COVID-19. If you or your staff need help with practical and emotional support, contact us to find out more.