Tips for staying mentally well through coronavirus

  • Find elements of a routine – the external events parents with little ones, or those with mental health problems rely on to get them through the day have in many cases been cancelled or at least advised against. In their absence could you set a time with friends or family for a call or Facetime? Could you make a timetable of activities for each day even if it just has a couple of things on it like ‘go for a walk’ ‘play with toy cars’ ‘have a cup of tea’. That way the sea of time swimming round us can be tamed a little...

  • Stay active – we have been having trolley and pram races in the house. Put some silly music on and dance if your little one is old enough (or even if they aren’t), do squats/sit-ups with them if you are able

  • Keep busy – make a timetable or write a list if you like to plan. Use others to help you – have a friend or relative check in at a set time each day.

  • Share ideas – use forums and group chat to see how other mums are coping (or not coping). Collectively, mums are our own best resource and there is so much power in our collective brain.

  • Limit news access to a set time each day – we all need to stay up to date with the developing situation but there is a danger over-saturation may lead to spiralling anxiety and panic. 

  • Make sure you know where and how to get help – lots of services are reduced or shut so make sure you know where you can still reach. Mental health crisis teams, A and E departments, the Samaritans are all still open. If it is moral support and advice reach out to friends or family who understand, use the Happy Mums online support groups, use Mind’s Elefriends forum.

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