Coronavirus: Our top 5 tips to support your mental health

Coronavirus has plunged the world into uncertainty and the constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless. All of this is taking its toll on people’s mental health, particularly those already living with conditions like anxiety and OCD. So how can we protect our mental health?

Being concerned about the news is understandable, but for many people it can make existing mental health problems worse.

When the World Health Organization released advice on protecting your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, it was welcomed on social media.

As Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster’s CEO, Simon Thompson explains, this is welcome news as the fear of being out of control and unable to tolerate uncertainty are common characteristics of many anxiety disorders

“A lot of anxiety is rooted in worrying about the unknown and waiting for something to happen – coronavirus is that on a macro scale,” said Simon Thompson, CEO of mental health charity Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster.

So how can we protect our mental health? Here are our top 5 tips:

1.      Limit the news and be careful what you read

2.      Have breaks from social media and mute things that are triggering

3.      Wash your hands, but not excessively

4.      Stay connected with people

5.      Avoid burnout

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