COVID-19 – advice for helping our mental health

To help manage during these difficult and stressful times, I have added some tips to help manage your mental health. I hope it helps!

  • Ensure that you continue to talk to people. Friends and family can be a great support network in these difficult times and can prevent us from feeling isolated. Telephone and / or video messaging is a great way to do this.
  • Keep active. Whether this is a work put at home, running around your garden or whatever exercise you can manage. Doing something each day will help to manage your mood.
  • Eat healthily. It may be difficult to do this when we are out of a routine, but trying to eat as healthily as possible will help you to feel less fatigued.
  • On that note…try to keep a routine as much as possible. It will help to give you meaning and purpose to your day.
  • Minimise your exposure to news and social media. Although it’s important to stay up to date with the latest news and recommendations, excessive exposure to unnecessary information and articles can increase your anxiety. Be aware of how you feel after reading things on social media and consider whether you may feel better if you refrain from doing this for large periods of the day. Maybe even limit your time to news feeds and social media.
  • Worry is completely normal during these times of uncertainty. However, try to remind yourself that these times will pass and try to focus on one day at a time.

I hope that this helps.

Please do contact me if you feel that you need some more support. I am currently only providing telephone or video based sessions in order to keep everyone safe and prevent the spread of the virus. You can contact me by telephone on 07938175178 or by emailing michelle@cbt-herts.co.uk.

Take care and stay safe!