While the situation with coronovirus COVID-19 keeps changing, many of us can feel worried or anxious about how it will affect us. It can also be stressful to cope with finances, family and the restrictions of self isolation.
We are all affected by the current situation and you are not alone in feeling anxious or stressed about what will happen in the next few weeks. You can contact Able Futures if you are employed, self-employed or an apprentice, including if you have been furloughed, to arrange time to talk to a mental health professional who can help you cope and feel better.
As we all come to terms with how COVID-19 is affecting us, you may experiencing some anxious thoughts and feelings. The typical symptoms of anxiety are often described as prolonged bouts of worry, feeling constantly nervous, being restless and on edge. Feelings of anxiety can cause us to experience physical and mental symptoms like nausea and a fluttering feeling in the stomach, a thumping heartbeat, having a sense of dread and worrying that gets out of proportion.
Coping with feelings of anxiety during the coronavirus changes can feel challenging when you are not able to do the things you normally do to help yourself feel better. But may you could try some of these alternatives
Able Futures could help you cope while the situation continues to evolve and we have to take actions to change the way we live our lives to protect our safety and those around us.
Able Futures is here to listen and if you apply for support and advice from us, we could give you someone to talk to over the next few months so you can get advice and guidance from a mental health specialist who can recommend things you could try to keep taking care of yourself while you may be feeling more anxious or worried.
Mind has listed lots of useful ideas about taking care of your mental health and wellbeing while the world deals with coronovirus, how to make a plan for staying at home and a check-list to help you get ready in case you have to self isolate.
The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response providing support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak, alongside Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care and it has advice and information on how to avoid some of the impact of speculation and mis-information, how to stay connected using technology and other safe forms of communication, and how to deal with self-quarantine.
April is Stress Awareness Month and in April 2020 it may be that you are feeling the effects of stress more than ever.
Issues such as finances and looking after your family or friends while learning how to work in a new way during the Covid-19 pandemic may be increasing your stress levels, and it is understandable if you are finding it hard to cope.
Practicing some of the escapism, distraction and routine techniques outlined above may help you relax, refocus and feel better if a period of high stress is affecting your at the moment.
You may also want to seek help for particular issues such as debt or relationship issues or talk to Able Futures about ways we can give you advice and support at this difficult time.