Advice and resources for looking after your mental health during the pandemic

You might be worried about Covid-19 (also known as coronavirus) and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoid other people.

This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing. 

Mind has put together some information is to help you cope if you're feeling anxious or worried about Covid-19, if you're staying at home or avoiding public places as part of social distancing, or if you have to self-isolate.

The information covers:

Find the latest Government guidance at

Talk to someone

Stay in touch with family and friends as much as possible. Use technology like emails, texts or FaceTime, have a good old-fashioned telephone call or write a letter.

If you've got a computer, tablet or smartphone you can join our friendly and supportive weekly online chat, Mind Over Natter, to make friends and share what's on your mind. Every Monday at 10am - email to join in.

You can talk to Samaritans any time on 116 123, and if you're under 19 you can call ChildLine on 0800 1111.



Stay active

Staying physically active isn't just good for physical health, it's vital for our mental wellbeing and can reduce depression and anxiety - and even a small bit makes a difference.

Walking the dog, going for a cycle or a gentle jog round the block are all great ways of being more active. Getting out in the daylight can help with Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of depression which can be worse at certain times of the year.

If you're staying at home you could do a YouTube workout, tidy the garden or walk up and down the stairs.

Here are some great resources to be more active:



Be more mindful

Mindfulness means to pay attention and live in the present moment rather than dwell on past regrets or future fears. It can help us to cope with challenging situations and live life to the full.

Find out more and explore our online mindfulness courses



Coping with anxiety around Covid-19

Give yourself a break from looking at the news and social media.

Schedule your day. make time for fun, hobbies, speaking to others and if you are stuck in a busy house try and spend some time alone if you can. Try to stick to a routine where possible.

Focus on what you can control. Take it day by day, use what you have to do what you can.

Please be gentle with yourself, it's an uncertain time and feeling anxious is a normal response to this. Be kind to yourself and maintain your self care.

Use the NHS Every Mind Matters website to create a personalised Mind Plan to help you deal with stress and anxiety.

If you are struggling with anxiety and need to talk to someone please contact:

Samaritans: 116 123

Anxiety UK: 03444 775 774

Support for people with eating disorders

Coronavirus is understandably causing a lot of stress and anxiety, and we know that things may feel very uncertain right now.

If you have an eating disorder, or are supporting someone who does, you might have specific worries or practical concerns to do with the illness or treatment.

Eating disorder charity Beat has put together some information about coping during the pandemic.

Support for people with OCD

While this is a scary and uncertain time for everyone, it could be particularly challenging for people with pre-existing mental health conditions, in particular OCD, as there are constant triggers and reminders from all media platforms to carry out behaviours to keep ourselves and others safe. 

OCD Action has seen a large increase in support requests from people affected by OCD whose fears have become focused on the Coronavirus outbreak.  

The advice being given by Public Health England is for everyone to wash their hands more frequently and thoroughly to protect themselves and others from catching the virus. They are also increasing restrictions on attending public gatherings, going to work, and leaving the house altogether. For people with OCD, in particular contamination or responsibility fears, it could be difficult to identify which behaviours are 'acceptable' and recommended, and which are driven by the OCD and anxiety. 

OCD Action has put together tips for those struggling during this particularly challenging time.

Support for NHS staff

NHS in Mind is a free platform containing 8 easy-to-access, short interventions to help NHS staff alleviate and combat high anxiety, panic and fatigue at this time. 

It includes tutorial videos, recorded exercises and YouTube links to ensure staff have the tools they need at their fingertips at any point during the day.

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