The Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has taken a lot of us by surprise. Some have described it as an episode of Black Mirror that they want to turn off, while others say they feel like the entire world is upside down. Our mental health through all of this should absolutely be top of our list. The virus is one thing, how we’ll feel during and after this crisis will define us as a world community.

Organisations like the MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION are clearly on the case and doing a brilliant job in helping to keep us on the mental straight and narrow. I think we have to accept that everyone is different, every set-up is not the same and the dynamic of each of our lives is not as conventional as you may think.

Some may live in a family environment, others completely isolated and alone, and of course there are varying degrees in between. What we’re suggesting is that looking after ourselves, and those we love takes priority but we should never forget our neighbours and friends. Remember, just because someone tells you they are fine, doesn’t always mean they are.

The government is now advising us to avoid all but essential social contact. This will mean that more of us will be spending a lot of time at home and many of our regular social activities are no longer be available to us. It will help to try and see it as a different period of time in your life, and not necessarily a bad one, even if you didn’t choose it.

It will mean a different rhythm of life, a chance to be in touch with others in different ways than usual. Be in touch with other people regularly on social media, e-mail or on the phone, as they are still good ways of being close to the people who matter to you. 

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Create a new daily routine that prioritises looking after yourself. You could try reading more or watching movies, having an exercise routine, trying new relaxation techniques, or finding new knowledge on the internet. Try and rest and view this as a new if unusual experience, that might have its benefits.    

Make sure your wider health needs are being looked after such as having enough prescription medicines available to you.

If you have kids at home, we’ve put together 50 Brilliants Things To Do with them. Read it here. FAMILY

And our 52 page Coronavirus Magazine is free to read and download here. MAGAZINE.

In the meantime……..

One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times. People are coming together to sing on balconies in Italy, others are setting up groups to offer support to the elderly or vulnerable – like collecting groceries or calling them for a chat. We have heard stories of people having virtual movie nights and creating choreographed dances over video chat to share with the world.

We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope

The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing. In short, doing good does you good. Get a free download of the Mental Health Foundation guide right here. GOOD

Acts of kindness make the world a happier place

The government is now advising us to avoid all but essential social contact. This will mean that more of us will be spending a lot of time at home and many of our regular social activities will no longer be available to us.

Get involved with random acts of kindness

  • Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
  • Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them
  • Make a cup of tea for someone you live with
  • Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch up with someone you know
  • Help with a household chore at home
  • Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call
  • Tell someone you know that you are proud of them
  • Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them
  • Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling
  • Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
  • Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal
  • Send an inspirational quote to a friend
  • Send an interesting article to a friend
  • Contact someone you haven’t seen in a while and arrange a phone catch up
  • Spend time playing with your pet
  • Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness or self-isolation
  • Donate to a charity
  • Lend your ear – call a colleague and ask how they’re finding the change in routine
  • Give praise to your colleague for something they’ve done well
  • Arrange to have a video lunch with a colleague
  • Send an inspirational story of kindness people around the world are doing for others to someone you know
  • Donate to foodbanks
  • Offer to skill share with a friend via video call – you could teach guitar, dance etc.
  • Offer support to vulnerable neighbours
  • Offer to send someone a takeaway or a meal

The Mental Health Foundation do some fantastic work here in Wales and need your help and support as much as we do them. For more information, you can check them out here. HEALTH

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