Looking After Your Mental Health

In times such as these, where an invisible enemy has invaded your life and changed everything, the lack of control can be hard to deal with. Experts agree that the best approach right now to deal with anxiety and worry is to focus on controlling the things that you can control and try not to focus too much on the bigger picture. Take one day at a time and trust that things will improve.

Things that I can control

Stick to a daily routine

Get up and go to bed at the same time. Shower/bath/wash every day. Resist the temptation to stay in your pyjamas. Once a day say out loud something that you feel grateful for.

Eat Well

Now that the food supply situation has improved do your best to eat a balanced and immune boosting diet with fruit & vegetables and good quality protein.

Have the odd treat but try and avoid high levels of sugar and alcohol.

Keep Active

We live on a beautiful part of the island. Once a day, get outside in the fresh air for a walk/cycle/run, remembering to keep two metres away from anyone else.

Notice the stunning scenery, listen to nature, greet and smile at others. All of this will lift your spirits. If you are shielding and can’t leave your home then find some simple exercises to do in the home or the garden.

Bring the fresh air inside by regularly opening the window and change the air in your rooms.

Take a Break

Set aside some time for something that you enjoy. Cookery, creative arts, meditation, gardening, anything that distracts will relax you.

Limit your exposure to news, perhaps to just once a day to avoid the constant stream of sadness. Choose your news source with care. The daily government briefing can feel turgid, but at least the information is direct from the horse’s mouth. Try and avoid fake news.

Talk about your feelings

Isolation goes against human nature, keep in touch with family and friends through whatever means possible.

If you live alone then a volunteer from Crab Niton (01983 730748) would love to call you and have a chat. Share how you feel. Opening up to others and venting your feelings can alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression.

Ask for Help

Age UK are offering befriending support to those who are older or caring for someone older on 01983 525282.

Mountbatten Hospice are extending their existing patient/family care support and advice line to anyone living alone or who have been recently bereaved on 01983 533331.

For 24 hours coverage the Samaritans are on 116123.

For anyone who feels that they need help over and beyond a listening ear, then The Primary care mental health team (IAPT) can be reached on 01983 532860

If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse or if you are worried about

someone you know, then access to all mental health services on the Island is provided through a single point of access that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01983 522214.

Further information can be found at https://www.isleofwightccg.nhs.uk/Downloads/Covid-19/IOW%20Mental%20heath%20guidelines%20during%20Coronavirus%20leaflet%20FINAL.pdf