Coronavirus (COVID-19)

DDC is still open for counselling sessions but these are all taking place either on Skype/Zoom or over the phone until further notice. Please get in touch for further information.

Given the current situation, most of us are staying at home and this can put a big strain on our mental health. Now more than ever is important to be proactive in trying to maintain a good mental health. Here are some tips on how you can do that:

Try to stay healthy

  • Eat well and stay hydrated
  • Spend time with the windows open to let in fresh air 
  • If you have a garden, do spend some time outside and maybe even do some gardening. Seeds, flowers or plants can still be purchased online for delivery. If you order items for delivery, ask to have them left at your doorstep, to avoid face-to-face contact
  • Try and do some exercise. There are plenty of resources online including on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/

Connect with others

  • Get in touch with people via phone or video. Try and keep a regular contact with those you were seeing on a weekly basis prior to COVID-19, but now is also a good time to reconnect with friends who have “drifted away” because of busy lives
  • When anxiety is high, try and call people you can trust to be open with. Being told “everyone is in the same boat, so get over it” or “others have it worse than you” is not at all helpful at the moment
  • You could join a peer support community. Mind runs an online peer support community called Elefriends https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/support-community-elefriends/, where you can share your experiences and hear from others
Try and have a routine
 
  • Write down a schedule on how you’ll spend your time and put it on the wall 
  • Try to follow your schedule as much as possible by getting up at the same time as well as mealtimes and bedtime. If you’ve been meaning to change your routine for some time but have been unable to do for various reasons, now is your chance to do it, whether that is to have more regular meals or going to bed earlier
  • If you live with other people, it may help to agree on a household routine and how you can give each other space

Limit the news intake

  • Stay connected with current events but be careful where you get news and health information from
  • For up-to-date advice, see the NHS coronavirus webpage and gov.uk coronavirus webpages 
  • If news stories make you feel anxious or confused, think about switching off or limiting what you look at for a while
  • Think about your use of social media. Whilst it could help to stay in touch with people, it could also exacerbate when following people who are constantly sharing news stories or posting about their worries

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