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COVID-19: Coping Through Uncertainty

Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed, uncertain and a little out of whack with all that’s going on with COVID-19 right now.

It can feel difficult to keep calm and carry on in the face of the new restrictions. But we want you to know that we’re here and riding this out with you.

We know how important it is to look after your physical and mental health so we’ve been speaking with our Wellbeing Coach Helen to get her top tips for doing just that

1. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

It is important to stay hopeful during uncertain times. Staying hopeful not only gives you something positive to work towards but it will help combat those more negative feelings that are bound to arise.

You can stay hopeful and also make plans for lockdown. This is not just about having food supplies, but also having a plan for how you are going to look after yourself physically, and mentally.

Check out courses available online. Are there any new hobbies you’ve always wanted to try? Can you get supplies for sewing, crafting, decorating?

Include decisions that are going to keep you connected to family and friends. We are social animals and connection with others is vital to our survival. Have a phone call, or Zoom chat with a loved one. Play games online with friends. Anything that keeps us connected is good for our mental health.

Having a survival plan means you are taking control and being proactive, rather than being reactive and panicking. In a time when lots of things seem out of our control, you can only manage your immediate environment. By having a plan, you can feel more in control and calm.

2. Limit yourself to checking the news once a day

And only if you really have to.

Being exposed to constant news feed will raise fear and anxiety – this is not good for mental health. If you must read the news, make sure you are reading from a balanced news source that provides the facts clearly. Many newspapers or TV stations use very emotive and exaggerated language to sell their product. By checking only the facts, you can apply logic and assess the situation calmly.

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3. Adapt an attitude that all rumours are false

At times like these, rumours spread like wildfire and can heighten anxiety and vulnerability. Don’t believe everything you hear, especially on social media.

Its easy to get caught up in the rumour mill. It can feel exciting to share top gossip and “be in the know”. But unless what you are hearing is grounded in truth, it can cause more harm than good.

Only listen to, and share, the facts.

4. Stay in the present moment

“Don’t trouble trouble until trouble troubles you”

With the uncertainty of the pandemic, it’s natural to try to look to the future for some reassurance. But often, looking to the future will cause more anxiety.

Try not to get caught up in the “what ifs” of life until they actually happen, then decide how to deal with them with a clearer mind.

By staying the present moment, you only have to deal with what’s in front of you. By taking it one day, one hour, one moment at a time, you won’t feel as overwhelmed.

If you struggle to stay in the present, try a meditation app like Headspace to practise.

The new restrictions and looming potential lockdown are difficult things to deal with but remember, you are not alone. We have a whole community of women supporting each other through this period. We will continue to do our utmost to ensure we see this thing through in the best way we can.