Looking After your Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Looking after your well-being is important at all times, however during these extra testing times, we may be finding even if we usually keep well, that we are suffering from increased anxiety and stress.
Those who are already living with mental health issues such as panic, anxiety, OCD or depression, may find themselves feeling like they are sinking with the added pressures of disrupted daily routines, and may already be isolated from family, friends and colleagues.
As we are thrown into times of the seemingly unknown, it is easy to let your thoughts get carried away with panic. With the bombardment of media online and in the news and false information which is spreading like wildfire across our social media channels- it is very easy to feel overwhelmed.
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More information for Healthcare Workers
The current coronavirus pandemic is creating additional physical and mental wellbeing challenges to all frontline health and social care staff. Primary care clinicians, ambulance staff and emergency department staff are at the very front of that frontline and are coming into contact with many patients. Workload and demands are rising and staff concern has understandably increased as well.
The frontline organisations (including the Royal College of GPs, Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, the College of Paramedics and Royal College of Emergency Medicine) have been working together for several weeks nationally to develop joined up ways of working to support the urgent and emergency care systems and patients, and are also committed to supporting health and social care staff across the UK.
They have all endorsed the attached support leaflet developed by Living Life to the Full. This was initially intended to provide wellbeing advice for frontline staff under pressure, but is now being offered for free to all health and social care staff.
The leaflet also links to the Living Life to the Full Plus course. A special version of the course is being made available nationally to all NHS and Social Care staff across the UK.
NHS and social care staff can work through the course resources in any way they want. There are modules, numerous online books to read as well as worksheets that can be completed online via your smartphone or computer. It’s also free for use by the family and friends of NHS and social care workers too.
Make A Plan! - Use our Planner Sheet
Apart from truly essential workers, we are now all (largely) staying at home- essential to save lives. However these changes are very disruptive to our wellbeing. We have lost the routine and structure to our day. It’s important to rediscover that. You may also notice that things we would usually do that are good for us have been cut down, or stopped. Hobbies, work, interests, meeting people, getting out and about- all the things that give colour in our life.
Here’s a tool to help plan some changes back. There’s lots you can’t do, but what can you still do? Split the day up into morning/afternoon and evening. Plan at least one thing in each part that:
- Is fun/pleasurable: e.g. music, hobby, a walk (2 meters apart, once a day), cooking a nice meal, playing a game
- Connects you to others: talking to people in your flat/house, giving someone a phone/skype/zoom, chatting on social media
- Recognises achievements/things you’ve got done: Tidied a room? Done some work for school/university/college/work, helped someone, cut the lawn etc.
- Helps you keep fit: cooked a healthy meal, went for a walk, exercised at home (e.g. walking up and down stairs), did a yoga or keep fit class online etc.
Make a plan to do each – and write the plan in your diary.
Register at www.llttf.com for more courses, hints and tips (free).
Useful Tips for Wellbeing
Are you struggling to get out and about or face things, people or places that feel too difficult? When we avoid it initially feels helpful – in the short term, but in the long term only compounds our anxious feelings and we can fall into a vicious cycle of avoidance, the more we avoid the less we do and the less we do the worse we feel, our world gets smaller and smaller, and we feel worse and worse! Find out how to use our Face It Planner Sheet here.
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Getting the most out of the online courses and books.
We aim to equip churches, Christian organisations and Christian’s with evidence based resources which help people overcome low mood and anxiety and to build emotional resilience.
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