Here are 4 tips from experts on how to protect your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic
Here are tips
1)Fight fear with facts:
☆)Rumour, speculation and alarming headlines can increase anxiety levels.
☆)Get your updates on the virus from a trusted source like the World Health Organisation.
2) Be good to yourself and others:
☆)In difficult times it’s ok to feel stressed.
☆)So acknowledge these feelings and remind each other to look after our physical and mental health.
☆)Reassure friends and family who may be worried and keep in contact with people you know who are living alone.
3) Think about your mental health if you are self-isolating:
☆)Being cut off from loved ones can be upsetting and this could lead to problems like depression.
☆) So use tools to stay in touch with others.
☆) Create daily routines to give your days structure and be as active as you can.
4) Try to focus on positive news:
☆)It’s impossible to ignore the terrible loss of life caused by COVID-19.
☆)But it’s important to consider how many people are recovering, too
☆)Reframe your thoughts to include positives as well as negatives.
☆)This isn’t false optimism, it’s a realistic outlook that could help carry you through the coming weeks