Looking after your mental health during Covid-19
You might find yourself feeling worried about the spread of coronavirus and its impact on you and your loved ones. These feelings are normal and it’s important we acknowledge them and remind each other to look after our physical and mental health. For more specific guidance on how to look after your mental health while staying at home, check out our section below.
There are steps you can take to look after your mental health and wellbeing. A number of organisations have published guidance on mental health considerations relating to the coronavirus outbreak, including:
Managing your mental health and wellbeing
Changes and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic can bring up a lot of different emotions. You may experience a range of difficult thoughts and feelings.
Mind has put together some guidance which provides tips on managing these and where you can access further support.
Guidance for those with ongoing mental health difficulties
For some people, the coronavirus outbreak may trigger compulsive thoughts and unhelpful behaviours, particularly if you have pre-existing conditions such as an anxiety disorder or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. If you are receiving support for your condition, you might find it helpful to talk to your clinician, therapist, or other medical professionals. There are also an increasing number of online resources available for you.
Various organisations have produced guidance for those who have existing mental health conditions:
Staying at home and your mental health
Currently, everybody in the UK is being asked to stay at home except for certain specific reasons. The prospect of not being able to leave your house much, if at all, may be upsetting, and could impact your mental health. This is why it is important you take proactive steps to give yourself a sense of normality, maintain a routine, and do things you enjoy. Some examples of things you can do include:
Keep in mind...
You might find keeping up-to-date with new information helps you feel empowered, or you might find it overwhelming. Some people find it helpful to set boundaries with themselves for how often they check the news, or for how long they spend reading about the outbreak. It is also important to remember that not all sources of information will be reliable, and so it is important to get your information from trustworthy sources.
Remember to follow NHS guidance at all times if you or somebody in your household is experiencing symptoms, or if you suspect you have come into contact with somebody with the virus.
Supporting your friends and family
During this time it is really important that we are all looking out for each other. Here are some things you can do to support your loved ones:
Take a look at our Look After Your Mate guide. This guide, which is shaped by students’ own experiences, will support you to look out for your mates, from starting a conversation to navigating the student journey.