Mental Health during Coronavirus social distancing...

While staying at home keeps us all safer from this novel virus the disruption to our daily routines can have varying degrees of impact on our mental health. Struggling with change to daily routines, feelings stressed about finances, worried about the future is very expected and indeed very normal, considering our basic  human need for predictability and safety.

 

Tips on how to manage during Lockdown:

  • Firstly, be kind to yourself: it is ok to feel worried but once you have completed the tasks you can achieve such as regular hand washing, social distancing most other aspects of our lives are on hold for now. It is good to plan how to deal with potential problems, and to try to avoid them. But if you don't have any control over the outcome, worrying is not going to help resolve any potential problems. Things will unfold as they will, regardless of how much time and effort you spend on worrying about the impact of the virus. Keeping this in mind it may be worth having a look at this Worry Tree: https://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/docs/worrytree.pdf

 

  • Create a new routine:

    • Try to keep to a fixed wake-sleep cycle, by going to bed and getting up at the same day each workday. You may wish to have the same routine all week or give yourself an extra lie in on the weekends if this was part of your routine before Lockdown.

    • Get dressed. Out of your pyjamas and perhaps into your work clothes, if this makes you feel more able to focus on work.

    • Try to get some exercise each day, take breaks in between desk based tasks:

    • If possible, keep a weekday routine separate to a weekend one (if this is your usual weekly pattern). It is good to have things planned for the weekend so you have something to look forward to such as saving your favourite television programme for the weekend, a phone call with family/friends, or having more indulgent meal!

  • Seize the opportunity to try out a new hobby or learn something new or simply just take the time to do as little as you want to. There are no right or wrong ways of dealing with this new situation.

There are plenty of free online resources that can help you get through these unprecedented times. Here are just a few examples:

To help out with the pandemic crisis, Russ Harris world-renowned therapist has made all of his commercial MP3 audio recordings available free of charge, for the next few months:

To help out with the pandemic crisis, Russ Harris world-renowned therapist has made all of his commercial MP3 audio recordings available free of charge, for the next few months:
To download any or all of them, go to: https://www.actmindfully.com.au/product-category/mp3s/

Useful information on the national Mind website: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Coping with Coronavirus, resources designed by trainee clinical psychologists undertaking the University College London doctorate:  https://www.copingwithcoronavirus.co.uk/

There are hundreds of free online University designed courses via: https://www.coursera.org/

©2019 by Dr Virginia Kellond Psychological Therapy Service.