Coronavirus and your Mental Health
You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is affecting your life. This will probably mean having to stay at home and avoid other people.
This all might feel strange, difficult or stressful. However, there are lots of things you can try to keep yourself busy and support your wellbeing.
We have compiled some helpful resources from reputable sources designed to support you and your mental health.
As the local and national lockdown restrictions change with the rules on sport and physical activity dictating much of what we can do to keep active, the sector's workforce are still hard at work preparing for the return to play.
Check out Mind's "Get Active, feel good!" page.
For when we return to play, Mind have developed two handy guides:
- One to help individuals prepare for participation - Guidance for participants
- And one to equip the sport and physical activity sector with tools and information to support the mental health of staff, volunteers and participant - Guidance for clubs and organisations
Sport in Mind is a multi-award winning mental health charity, that was formed in Reading, Berkshire in 2010 with a simple mission: "To improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity". Passionate about delivering sport and physical activity sessions in partnership with the amazing NHS, in order to aid recovery, promote mental wellbeing, improve physical health, combat social isolation and empower people to move their lives forward in a positive direction.
Time to change
Time to Change have detailed some top tips on how you can support others during the pandemic:
Time to Change's inspiring activity packs are designed to help you get the conversation started in your community, workplace, school or sports club:
Support for your mental health and wellbeing
If you're feeling anxious
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has meant life for many people has changed. It may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely, or frustrated.
It's important to remember it is OK to feel this way and there are simply things that can be done to support your mental health and wellbeing. Explore the resources below for some ideas about how to manage these difficult feelings, from reading and learning to community support and physical calming techniques.
Distractions for your wellbeing
If you are finding it difficult to process what you're going through, you might prefer to shift your attention onto something else for a while.
This is where you can take a break and immerse yourself in a soothing or relaxing activity that you enjoy.
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