Dealing with uncertainty during COVID-19
Mental health forms a crucial part of our overall health; it includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It is reflected in our thoughts, behaviours and actions, on how we feel and deal with circumstances around us.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, many have had to home isolate for long periods, resulting in changes to daily routine.Whilst change can be positive, it can also introduce other stressors and challenges. Furthermore, longer periods indoors also reduce exposure to natural light lowering Vitamin D levels and affecting mood.
There are various methods to maintain mental well-being such as:
- Keeping contact with friends and family using online platforms (including WhatsApp, Facetime, Zoom, Skype etc.)
- Reframing your ideas to try to build a more positive outlook; remembering that self-isolation will not be forever and there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.
- Keeping a sense of normality, by ensuring routine, even if working from home. This includes getting washed, dressed and allowing some physical activity each day.
- Practising mindfulness, perhaps trying meditation or yoga as a means to have mental “time out”.
- Exercising, using online platforms if desired.
- Limiting time spent with social media and negative impacting news media.
- Writing down thoughts and feelings in a journal, to help express and process thoughts and feelings.
- Learning new skills or hobbies.
- Speaking with a counsellor or a trusted friend or support service.
Coping with uncertainty and navigating information presented as fact will form a large part of controlling fear during this pandemic. The following posters may be used as tools for consideration and self-reflection.
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