The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having an impact on everyone’s daily lives, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the outbreak, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention.
It may be difficult, but by following government guidance, you are helping to protect yourself, your family, the NHS and your community.
You may be bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also feel low, worried, anxious, or be concerned about your health or that of those close to you. These are all common reactions to the difficult situation we face.
Everyone reacts differently to events and change, and the way we think, feel and behave varies between different people and over time. It’s important that you take care of your mind as well as your body.
The government has issued guidance on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during lockdown and throughout the pandemic.
It covers ways to cope including connecting and helping others, trying to follow a healthy lifestyle, doing things you enjoy and ensuring you get some quality sleep.
The guidance also highlights it is also good to plan for any challenges during lockdown, such as thinking about what food and other supplies you may need or caring responsibilities. As the government points out, making these plans could help to protect or improve your mental health during these challenging times.