The podcast below can help you to work through any difficult feelings you may be having. Hear how it is important to allow yourself to reflect; part of understanding your mental health is about regaining control, we are allowed to let ourselves feel difficult thoughts as part of the process of monitoring and working with them.
For support in a crisis or with general mental health needs, please contact Bradford’s First Response team on 01274 221181, your GP or the Samaritans on 116 123.
Supporting our wellbeing during coronavirus
The coronavirus pandemic is bringing uncertainty and great worry into many of our lives. We are being asked to stay at home and may find ourselves feeling isolated or anxious. We might be worried about ourselves or family members, especially if they are elderly or have underlying health conditions.
Often there are small steps that we can take to look after our wellbeing. Here are some important yet simple steps we can consider:
- Acknowledge our thoughts and feelings, without judging them
- Be kind to ourselves when things are tough, try to offer the same kindness we would with a dear friend
- Take a pause when we feel overwhelmed, and ask ourselves what we need to take care
- Focus on the things that we can control, including what we can do to support ourselves and others
- Keep or create new routines
- Exercise or move our bodies in whatever way if possible for us, following the guidance on social distancing or isolation
- Stay connected to people – reach out and keep in touch with people you are connected with, for example using phone or video
- Limit how often you read the media coverage
- Avoid coping strategies that might have unhelpful consequences, such as drinking, drugs or smoking