Looking after you during Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Infectious disease outbreaks, like the Coronavirus pandemic, can be scary and can affect not only our physical health, but our mental wellbeing too.

Here is some advice from our Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Katy Grazebrook, on how you can try to manage anxiety, stress and worries during this challenging time.

Understanding that anxiety is driven by a threat is key to being able to develop coping strategies. Limiting your exposure to that threat is really important.

Media reports are often scary as they tend to focus on the negative. Constant exposure to this threat material builds and feeds into our anxieties. Access a reliable source of information just once a day.

There’s lots of misinformation on social media – just ignore it as much of it is not reliable. It’s often helpful to write down your worries, so you can look at them and share with a family member, trusted friend or work colleague. Writing them down helps determine which concerns are within your control to change.

Don’t spend time catastrophising on ‘what if’ worries. If you’re worried about catching Coronavirus by using public transport to get to work, plan how you can minimise your risk on that journey.

Take a break at work or at home, talk about normal things if you can. Do something you’ve been putting off such as cleaning out a cupboard. Talk to friends and family, do some exercise – these things are all important to ground us back into who we are as people and our connections with one another.

You can also view Katy’s advice in our short film here:

https://vimeo.com/420588172

Published on 20th May 2020