These are challenging times and you may find that keeping anxiety under control whilst practicing social distancing or self isolation is difficult, but it is as important to look after your mental health as your physical health.
The Mental Health Foundation has a page with help on looking after your mental health (this link will take you away from our website) during the COVID-19 outbreak.
If you’re worried about how your long term condition may impact your vulnerability to COVID-19, this BBC article contains some advice (this link will take you away from our website) for people living with long term conditions.
Let’s Get On With It Together (LGOWIT) have produced an animation explaining the stages we all go through when dealing with a change. This may help you to give a name to your feelings and understand what you are going through. You can see the video here (this link will take you away from our website.
Books are a great way to relax and there are places online where you can get ebooks for free if you don’t have anything at home you want to read.
Glasgow Life (this link will take you away from our website) have an online library where you can access free ebooks using your library card.
Project Gutenberg (this link will take you away from our website) has older, out of copyright books which can be accessed free.
Working from Home
In 2017 the ALLIANCE held an event to bring together remote workers and discuss how they work effectively from home. The attendees discussed how they overcome challenges such as feeling lonely, not having someone to hold you accountable for your time, unrealistic expectations set by others in your household and struggling to concentrate.
Several solutions came from this, including;
- Have a routine
- Remember the big picture and focus on it when your mood dips
- Set boundaries – let others know when you are working and when you are free
- Have a cut off time and stick to it
- Take regular breaks. Stand up and walk around
- Set goals
- Praise yourself!
The importance of looking after yourself was highlighted, along with some ways to do this;
- Stay hydrated
- Be aware of your set up – are you comfortable?
- Find out what works best for you
- Exercise regularly
Getting a good nights sleep is important for physical and mental health. It can help to try and do some gentle exercise at home, and get some fresh air – even if this just means opening a window. The NHS Website (this link will take you away from our website) has some suggestions of exercise you can do at home, with no equipment.
If you find yourself feeling anxious, it may be helpful to try doing a relaxation exercise. The ALLIANCE has a guided relaxation podcast (this link will take you away from our website) which is a good way to wind down.
If you are looking for some more digital tools to help you manage everyday life, check out this blog from our Digital Health and Care team: Taking it one day at a time, digitally
If you are caring for children, the Teapot Trust have a page on how to practice Art Therapy at home, with ideas for simple creative projects for children.
The resources below from COPE Scotland (this like will take you away from our website) may also be helpful to you.