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COVID-19: Yorkshire Coast Charity Shares Mental Health Tips

COVID-19: Yorkshire Coast Charity Shares Mental Health Tips

Published by Karen Liu at 6:05pm 27th March 2020.

Local mental health charity Hull and East Yorkshire Mind has shared some tips on how to manage your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

In the last week, the government has ordered people stay at home, practice social distancing, and work from home where necessary, but Hull and East Yorkshire Mind know that this can cause worry amongst people and have a huge impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

Emma Dallimore, Chief Executive at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind said:

“We appreciate that the current situation around coronavirus is worrying for many.

During these unprecedented times it might feel more difficult than usual to take care of your mental health and wellbeing – but it’s important to remember that you are not alone and there are people available to help.

Although our offices are closed, we have plans in place to ensure that we can continue to support people across the local area who are experiencing poor mental health.”

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind have shared the following tips:

  • Connect with people

Make plans to video chat with people or groups you’d normally see in person. If you’re worried that you might run out of stuff to talk about, make a plan with someone to watch a show or read a book separately so that you can discuss it when you contact each other.

  • Decide on your routine

Plan how you’ll spend your time. It might help to write this down on paper and put it on the wall. Try to follow your ordinary routine as much as possible by getting up at the same time as normal, follow your usual morning routines, and go to bed at your usual time.

  • Keeping active and stimulating your mind

Build physical activity into your daily routine, if possible. Most of us don’t have exercise equipment like treadmills where we live, but there are still activities you can do. Exercising at home can be simple and there are options for most ages and abilities, such as, cleaning your home, seated exercises and online exercise workouts that you can follow.

  • Handwashing and anxiety

Some mental health problems can cause difficult feelings or behaviours to do with washing or hygiene. If you experience this, you might find it hard to hear advice about washing your hands. If this is making you feel stressed or anxious try things such as, setting limits, like washing your hands for the recommended 20 seconds. Plan something to do after washing your hands to help distract you and change your focus. Breathing exercises can also help you cope and feel more in control.

  • Take care with news and information

It’s important to stay connected with current events, but be careful where you get news and health information from. For up-to-date advice, see the NHS coronavirus webpage and gov.uk coronavirus webpages. If news stories make you feel anxious or confused, think about switching off or limiting what you look at for a while. If social media is making you feel anxious, consider taking a break or limiting how you use this too. You might decide to view particular groups or pages but not scroll through timelines or newsfeeds.

  • If you’re feeling anxious, claustrophobic or trapped

If you’re feeling anxious or claustrophobic it may help to open the windows to let in fresh air, or you could spend time sitting on your doorstep, or in the garden if you have one. Try looking at the sky out of the window or from your doorstep. This can help to give you a sense of space. Regularly change the rooms you spend time in can also help. If you have panic attacks or flashbacks, it might help to plan a 'safe space' in your home that you'll go to.

All of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind’s services are still available, albeit over the telephone – you can contact them to see how they can support you during these times.

As well as that, they continue to have staff working in essential services such as working with Humberside Police in their force control room, supporting Hull Royal Infirmary with people presenting in crisis as well as helping people living in their supported living environments.

If you feel like your mental health has been affected by Covid-19, it can help to speak to someone.

For more information, advice or support - call 01482 240200 or email info@heymind.org.uk.

Alternatively, you can visit www.heymind.org.uk/coronavirus for more information on Coronavirus and your mental health.

 

 

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