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How can you protect your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak?

Posted on in Lifestyle Advice

The outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may lead to increased levels of stress, fear and anxiety. Fear and anxiety about a virus outbreak can become overwhelming and lead to strong emotional reactions, particularly for those with pre-existing mental health issues. Finding ways to cope and protect your mental health is extremely important during these uncertain times.

What can you do to support yourself and others mental health?

  • Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that can cause you to feel anxious or distressed. This includes traditional forms of media and social media
  • Source updates and information mainly to take practical steps
  • Plan to seek updates at specific times of the day. A constant stream of information can increase anxiety and fear, only seek information once or twice per day (Source)
  • Only seek information from reputable and official sources
  • Keep your mind and body active following the coronavirus outbreak. Maintain healthy habits including eating healthy meals, getting enough sleep and continue taking part in activities that you enjoy. Activities such as meditating or exercising can help you relax and help maintain your physical and mental wellbeing

 

Official sources of information:

Government latest advice and updates –
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

 

NHS advice –
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

World Health Organisation latest updates –
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

To learn more about mental health considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak, click here.

 

PMP Recruitment is continuing to monitor official governmental advice which is constantly being updated with developments during this time.

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