Your mental health and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

It is a really difficult time for everyone right now and you might be worried about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include having to stay at home and avoid other people.

This might feel difficult or stressful, but there are lots of things you can try that can help your wellbeing. Here are some things to help...

Stay calm:

  • If you feel worried or anxious remember to breathe deeply and slowly
  • Read a book
  • Meditate/mindfulness (we have made a page dedicated to this, click here)
  • Be creative
  • Set yourself small tasks to do each day
  • Limit your time on social media and have a break from checking the news 

Stay connected:

Being told to stay inside and social distance from people can make you feel really isolated and lonely. There are still some ways you can stay connected to your friends and family:

  • Call or video call someone. Apps like Zoom, Houseparty and Whatsapp all offer free video calling. 
  • Write a letter
  • Join a positive online group 

Stay active:

  • Exercise 
  • Do simple stretches or yoga
  • Go for a walk or run

Dealing with stress at home:

  • Give yourself some space from others
  • Clean or change your environment
  • Plan and structure your day

Useful links...

Mind -  Can help with advice around anxiety and Coronavirus. 

Door 43 - The Wellbeing cafes are closed at the moment but Door 43 are posting daily videos on Instagram and Facebook. Their website has lots of helpful things on it too. 

Door 43 workers are also available to support you over the phone on Wellbeing Wednesdays. You can ring 0114 201 2760 for 1:1 chats with the usual workers. There is more information about this on their Facebook page. 

Door 43 are also planning to launch a wellbeing group chat forum soon so check out Instagram, Facebook etc to keep up to date!

Kooth- This site has online chat forums with trained mental health professionals.

Yoga - Trying some yoga is a great way to help you relax. There are loads of videos on YouTube (beginners yoga on YouTube, this is just one example.)

Daily Routine - Keeping a routine is really important to help life feel a little bit more normal. This a really simple daily routine you could follow. 

Sheffield support mapThis is a map of Sheffield and it shows you all the support offered by different community hubs. The map is live, and a work in progress.  It points to where you can go to get information or support; or to offer to volunteer yourself in your local area.