Managing Stress and Anxiety about Coronavirus
Handling stress and anxiety during the Coronavirus outbreak
Take a social media break
If you are constantly looking for updates on coronavirus this will increase your stress levels. Plan to update yourself just once or twice a day.
Only follow trusted news outlets
There is lots of fake news and rumour flying round. Best stick to mainstream news outlets. They have higher standards about checking their posts. Watch the BBC news or follow @bbcnews on instagram
Take health advice from trusted organisations
Don’t believe everything you see or hear. For health information follow look at the NHS website or follow @nhsuk and @nhsenglandldn
Eat and drink well
Eat fresh food and vegetables if you can. Avoid sugary drinks or too much caffeine they can increase anxiety levels.
Avoid alcohol or drugs
Again these can increase anxiety levels and also lead to feeling low. If you need help with this contact Islington’s Young Peoples Drug and Alcohol Service
Exercise every day
Take a brisk walk. Islington has lots of parks. If the sun shines try to get outside. If you have space at home develop an exercise routine. Exercise will also help you sleep well. If you cnt get out try free routines on YouTube.
Helping and thinking of others
Help family, friends or neighbours. If you can’t get out then call or WhatApp someone you know who may be lonely or vulnerable to ask how they are.
Try to keep busy
This is a good time to catch up on things you have been meaning to do or distract yourself with something fun.
Acknowledge your anxiety
We are in stressful times. Everyone is likely to be concerned. It is okay to acknowledge this and share how you feel.
Deal with difficulties
We may not have as much space or time to ourselves if we are staying at home with our families, which might cause conflict. The Children’s Society have good advice around how to reduce this.
Get help if you are in crisis
If you or your family need specialist help around mental health, housing, benefits or other key issues, speak to the Children’s Services Contact Team or Adult Social Services.
Speak to a youth worker
We are still here to help if you need to talk to someone you know and trust for comfort.