Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, can be scary and can affect our mental health. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our mental health during such times.
We are all working hard to follow the governments directions to stay at home and only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work, to stay two metres (six feet) away from other people and wash our hands as soon as we get home. This will mean that more of us will be spending a lot of time at home. It will mean a different rhythm of life, a chance to be in touch with others in different ways than usual. Be in touch with other people regularly on social media, e-mail or on the phone, as they are still good ways of being close to the people who matter to you.
To start, think about creating a new daily routine that prioritises looking after yourself and your family. On ‘school days’ establish a routine that works for you. Do have a look at the resources sent home or in the Google Classrooms to help guide you. You could also try reading more or watching movies, having an exercise routine, trying new relaxation techniques, or finding new knowledge on the internet. Try and rest and view this as a new if unusual experience, that might have its benefits.
For more information visit: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak