TOP tips endorsed by the NHS have been released to help people look after their mental wellbeing during Covid-19.
Tameside Council and NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG are sharing the advice, which has been created as part of Public Health England's Every Mind Matters campaign.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means that life is changing for all of us for a while. It may cause you or your loved ones to feel anxious, stressed, worried or frustrated. It's important to remember it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. There are lots of things we can all do to look after our own mental health and help others, to prevent these feelings from becoming more serious.
Tameside Council Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Population Health, Councillor Eleanor Wills, said:
"The vast majority of residents are complying with the stay at home guidance and I want to thank them for doing so. It's understandable that lockdown may affect your emotional and mental wellbeing. I would strongly encourage anyone who is struggling at this time to take advantage of the new online resources.
"There is help available locally for residents who want to learn more about mental health developments, and to look up information on all the mental health support and services in Tameside and Glossop at: https://www.tameside.gov.uk/mentalhealthsupport or https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/mentalhealthsupport "
The Top Tips are
- Talk about your worries: it is normal to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Maintain contact with friends and family via phone and video calls to share how you are feeling.
- Keep a regular routine and set goals: you may need to set a new routine for now. Try writing a plan for your day with the things you can still do at home, such as watching a film, reading a book or completing a puzzle. Setting goals and achieving them gives a sense of control and purpose. Maintaining good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically too, so it's important to get enough.
- Manage your media and information intake: if 24-hour news and constant social media updates are making you worried, try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak to once or twice a day.
- Do things you enjoy and try something new: focusing on your favorite hobby, learning something new or simply taking time to relax indoors should give you some relief from anxious thoughts and feelings and can help boost your mood. Look online for free tutorials and courses.
- Look after your body: our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. You can leave your house, alone or with members of your household, for one form of exercise a day – like a walk, run or bike ride. But make sure you keep a safe 2-metre distance from others.
Every Mind Matters encourages people to complete a personal Mind Plan, a quick and free interactive tool offering tailored mental well-being advice. More than 1.9 million Mind Plans have already been created since the launch in October 2019.
On their website there's a new suite of tips and advice, focussed on looking after people's mental wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The range of new resources include a tailored COVID-19 Mind Plan, COVID-19 specific content for individuals and their loved ones, and support for specific mental wellbeing issues such as anxiety, stress, low mood and trouble sleeping.
You can make your own plan and read more about the helpful tips and advice at: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
To help get this vital message out there, Their Royal Highnesses' The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are supporting the Every Mind Matters campaign and have narrated a powerful new short film which is being broadcast across National TV channels.
The film features a range of people whose lives have been affected by COVID19. It aims to spread the vital message that everyone can take care of their mental wellbeing at this difficult time and that support is there for those who need it.