Coronavirus and your mental health

coronavirus

We all know we maybe going through a tough time with the current situation and lockdown due to the spread of the Coronavirus. We have been long term advocates on mental health and so we wanted to share as it might feel more difficult than usual to take care of your mental health and wellbeing.

These are some ideas which may help:

  1. Breathing exercises can help you cope and feel more in control. You can find a simple breathing exercise on the NHS website
  2. Connect with people even if it means online. Keeping in touch digitally maybe not be the same but make plans to video chat with people or groups you’d normally see in person.
  3. Connect with like minded mothers online and find communities around to share the process with.
  4. Decide on your routine and plan how you’ll spend your time. It might help to write this down on paper and put it on the wall. It helps to be organised when you are working from home.
  5. Ask for support from your partner or husband if you are all at home together, so you can take shifts on house chores etc
  6. Make use of this time to spend quality time together.
  7. Try to keep active. Build physical activity into your daily routine, if possible. Most of us don’t have exercise equipment like treadmills where we live, but there are still activities you can do. Exercising at home can be simple and there are options for most ages and abilities. There are loads of free online workouts, also check out the sitting exercises shared by the NHS.
  8. Take care of your mental health and self care. Try out pampering yourself at home, it would help boost your wellbeing
  9. FutureLearn and OpenLearn have free online courses you could try.
  10. Make time for me time, reading our top tips to help.

If you are feeling anxious, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has more information on how to cope if you’re feeling anxious about coronavirus. If you are looking for what to do, read our 40 things to do during lockdown.