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COVID has increased my anxieties

Why don’t you try? : Try these tips to tackle worries about coronavirus

10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus
*1. Stay connected with people*
Maintaining healthy relationships with people we trust is important for our mental wellbeing.
There are lots of different ways to stay in touch with friends and family when you cannot meet in person. You could schedule time each week to speak over the phone or make time for regular video calls.

*2. Talk about your worries*
It’s normal to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember: it’s OK to share your concerns with others you trust & and doing so may help them too.
If you cannot speak to someone you know or if doing so has not helped, there are plenty of helplines you can try instead.

*3. Support and help others*
Helping someone else can benefit you as well as them, so try to be a little more understanding of other people’s concerns, worries or behaviours at this time.
Try to think of things you can do to help those around you. Is there a friend or family member nearby you could meet outdoors? If you cannot meet up, you could phone or message them.
Are there any community groups you could join to support others locally?
If you do go out to offer support or help to others, always follow social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home.

*4. Feel prepared*
As we continue living with coronavirus, it can help to work through what changes to government guidelines mean for you so you feel more prepared and less concerned.
It can help to think through a typical week: how will you continue to be affected and what will you need to do to solve any problems?
If you have not already, you might want to talk with your employer.

*5. 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. Avoid smoking or drugs, and try not to drink too much alcohol.
Going for a walk, run or bike ride can really help lift your mood and clear your mind & just remember to follow social distancing guidelines. Or you could try an easy 10-minute home workout.

*6. Stick to the facts*
Find a credible source you can trust & such as GOV.UK or the NHS website & and fact-check information you get from newsfeeds, social media or other people.
Think about how possibly inaccurate information could affect others too. Try not to share information without fact-checking against credible sources.
You might also want to consider limiting the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak, including on social media, and think about turning off breaking-news alerts on your phone.

*7. Stay on top of difficult feelings*
Concern about the coronavirus outbreak is normal. However, some people may experience intense anxiety that can affect their daily life.
Try to focus on the things you can control, such as your behaviour, who you speak to, and where and how often you get information.

*8. Do things you enjoy*
Feeling worried, anxious or low might stop us doing things we usually enjoy. Focusing on your favourite hobby, relaxing or connecting with others can help with anxious thoughts and feelings.
If you are not able to do the things you usually enjoy because of the current guidelines, it might be possible to continue with your favourite hobbies online, alone or with members of your household.

*9. Focus on the present*
Focusing on the present, rather than worrying about the future, can help with difficult emotions and improve our wellbeing.

*10. Look after your sleep*
Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel mentally and physically, so it’s important to get enough.
Try to maintain regular sleeping patterns and keep up good sleep hygiene practices & like avoiding screens before bed, cutting back on caffeine and creating a restful environment.

Source: NHS
Photo by Alexander Dummer from Pexels
Reviewed: 15/09/2021

Here’s a tip for you to try this week :

Talk about your worries with others and limit your consumption of the news and media, Remember to stay in the present, undertake some relaxation techniques when you feel anxious, as demonstrated in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqfrbGtorBE&t=2s ,

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