How can we look after our health and wellbeing through the crisis?

Our wellbeing today is more important than ever and anxiety about ourselves, our families and the general situation will touch us all.  The Church of England has published a couple of booklets which may help us to look after ourselves during these difficult days:

Supporting Good Mental Health – two weeks of daily reflections on how to provide hope, reassurance and comfort in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, including simple Christian meditation techniques and tips.

Dealing with Loneliness and Isolation: Five Top Tips – five simple ways of dealing with loneliness and isolation.

Action for Happiness has a Coping Calendar, containing 30 suggested actions to look after ourselves and each other as we face this global crisis together. Click here to visit their website and download your copy. Stick it to the fridge and pick an action each day.

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The suggestions below are from the NHS,  World Health Organisation, Anxiety UK, Mind and the Church of England. This is not a replacement for contacting your Doctor if you need to and if you are concerned that you are developing a mental health problem, please seek the advice and support of your GP.

  • Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that could cause you to feel anxious or distressed.
  • Seek information from trusted sources, such as the NHS website.
  • Seek information updates at specific times during the day.
  • Protect yourself and be supportive to others. Assisting others in their time of need can benefit both the person receiving support and help. For example, check by telephone on neighbours or people in your community who may need some extra assistance.
  • Have breaks from social media.
  • Wash your hands – but not excessively.
  • Stay connected to people by phone or email.
  • Avoid burnout – it is important to have downtime.
  • If you are self-isolating, strike a balance between having a routine and making sure each day has some variety.
  • As far as possible, engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly, keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy food. Keep things in perspective.
  • Remember to stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times when outside your home.

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For more information, visit WHO, AnxietyUK , Mind or Church of England websites