The current Coronavirus (Covid 19), can be scary and can affect our mental health. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such times.
Try to avoid incorrect information and look up reputable sources on the outbreak
Rumour and speculation can fuel anxiety. Having access to good quality information about the virus can help you feel more in control.
You can get up-to-date information and advice on the virus here:
Follow hygiene advice such as washing your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds with soap and hot water (sing ‘happy birthday’ to yourself twice to make sure you do this for 20 seconds). You should do this whenever you get home or into work, blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food. If you can’t wash your hands straightaway, use hand sanitiser and then wash them at the next opportunity.
You should also use tissues if you sneeze and make sure you dispose of them quickly; and stay at home if you are feeling unwell.
Anxiety, the fear of being out of control and unable to tolerate uncertainty are common characteristics of many anxiety disorders. So it's understandable that many individuals with pre-existing anxiety are facing challenges at the moment.
So how can we protect our mental health?
Limit the news and be careful what you read
Reading lots of news about coronavirus can lead to panic attacks for anyone who lives with anxiety.
When you're feeling Anxious, thoughts can spiral out of control and you may start thinking about catastrophic outcomes. Being unable to control a situation moves the emotion to a higher state, "This is out of my control" can be immobilising and be a real trigger for a panic attack.
Having longer periods away from news websites and social media can help to manage this anxiety.
Limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching things which aren't making you feel better. Perhaps decide on a specific time to check in with the news
There is a lot of misinformation swirling around - stay informed by sticking to trusted sources of information such as government and NHS websites
Stay connected with people
Increasing numbers will join those already in self-isolation so now might be a good time to make sure you have the right phone numbers and email addresses of the people you care about.
Agree regular check-in times and feel connected to the people around you.
If you're self-isolating, strike a balance between having a routine and making sure each day has some variety.
It might end up actually feeling like quite a productive two weeks. You could work through your to-do list or read a book you'd been meaning to get to.
Newid Viber Counselling
If you feel that you are experiencing high levels of Anxiety and maybe considering counselling, whilst in isolation or having difficulty in processing what is going on, then maybe I can help.
What exactly is Viber Counselling? Online therapy is the exact same process as in-person counselling or psychotherapy. You make a commitment to work with me, often at the same time each week. It's just that instead of talking in the same room, we talk over our computer screens, phones or tablet devices, using Viber or other video applications such as Skype.
If you would like to explore this option more, or just have a informal chat about how this works & if you feel it could be of some benefit to you please use the contact page below, or just call.
07597 959 228 for Viber contact details.
Viber is a free & can be downloaded for PC/Mac/Android/IOS
Please be aware that due to the guidelines set out by the government on social distancing & guidelines set out by the counselling bodies, I am no longer able to see clients face to face.
I can offer video calling sessions through Viber or Skype and sessions can also take place over the telephone.
I look forward to hearing from you, starting or continuing our work together and thank you for your understanding in these challenging times.
My warmest regards & please keep yourself and those around you safe.