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Covid-19 - How To Look After Your Mental Health

There’s no doubt that Covid-19 is having a strong impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing, especially for general practice staff. Whether you’re self-isolating/ working from home or you’re a health-care professional there are things to do to take care of your body as well as your mind.

The World Health Organisation has released a document with advice on how to protect your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

As we are facing uncertain times and bombarded by information every day, it is important to follow a few easy steps and focus on how to help ourselves and others to feel better.

We have made a list of a few things we think can help people maintain their wellbeing and protect their mental health during this time.

Things to do: 

  1. Stay in a daily routine: It is important to maintain a daily routine and prioritise to look after yourself. Whether you’re working from home or going to your practice it’s important to have a daily routine and stick to it.
  2. Exercise: a home workout can help you reduce stress and it can even make you sleep better. If you’re able to go for a walk or a bike ride, just keep in mind the 2-metre distance.
  3. Connect with friends and family: Staying connected and socialize after work is important during this time. With the help of technology such as social media or a video call you maintain a sense of normality and ease loneliness.
  4. Minimise watching, reading or listening to news that causes you stress. Try to watch or read the news once or twice per day while keeping in mind what type of information you consume. Get all the information and updates from reliable sources such as:
  1. Look after yourself: Maintaining healthy habits such as a balanced diet, 6- 8 hours of sleep a night, exercising regularly; is important to remember. And don’t forget to wash your hands with soap and water!

 

You can also access a Pandemic Flu PolicyFlu Pandemic Contingency PlanFlu Pandemic Checklist and Flu Pandemic Practice Buddy Guide in our new Pandemic Flu Toolkit if you are an FPM member.

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