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Looking after your emotional health during the coronavirus outbreak

It’s only natural for your emotions to feel up and down at the moment.

Lots of people are feeling worried, uncertain, frustrated, bored or lonely due to the current situation with coronavirus, and this is completely understandable. It’s important to remember that it’s ok to feel the way that you do and that people react differently in difficult situations.

Remember, this situation is temporary and these feelings will pass. It’s important to be able to look after your emotional health during this time.

If you are experiencing worries about coronavirus, take a look at our ways to deal with coronavirus linked to anxiety.

Staying at home and social distancing can be frustrating, but it’s important to help protect you, your family and your friends. It’s also important that you listen to the advice from the government during this time.

Stay connected

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Staying connected to our friends and family is a great way to help our emotional wellbeing.

There are lots of ways you can stay connected, such as video calls, phone calls, text messages and social media.

Staying in touch not only helps your emotional health, but will also help your friends and families who may be feeling the same way.

Talk about how you’re feeling

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Talk to a trusted friend or family member about how you’re feeling. Don’t keep things to yourself; it’s good to talk about your feelings.

If you are not able or find it difficult to talk to someone you know about how you’re feeling, there are other ways to get support.

ChatHealth is a confidential service where you can text school nurses for advice and support. Kooth an online support service, and ChildLine, where you can call 0800 1111, use the ChildLine app or the support service on their website, are also really great support networks available to you.

Stay mentally active

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Stay mentally active is also important; you can do this by completing any work set by your teachers and accessing online resources too. Check out our three ways to keep up to date with schooling for on this.

Playing board games with your family, learning a new skill, reading a book, listening to music or doing some colouring are all great ways to keep your mind active.

Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is a useful tool to help you relax and bring yourself back into the moment, being free from distractions.

It also helps you become aware of your thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them, and enables you to be able to handle them too.

Mindfulness, whilst it sounds easy, takes practice to be able to do it effectively. There are some great apps that you can access to help you with mindfulness, including:

Get enough sleep

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Making sure that you get a good night sleep can help improve your mood.

It’s important to try and keep a routine when it comes to your sleep, despite all of the recent changes.

If you’re struggling to sleep, check out our advice on 8 ways to retrain your brain to sleep.

Eat and drink well

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Drinking plenty of fluids and eating a balanced diet is vital for your emotional health, as the food you eat can impact on how you are feeling.

Without a balanced diet, your mood can be affected and your energy levels will be low.

Exercise

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Your physical health has a big impact on how you are feeling.

Whilst the government has put into force social distancing and encourage you to stay at home, they do allow for one form of exercise outside the house.

This can be done with your family or by yourself, but remember you need to stay within a 2 metre distance from people who you do not live with.

Getting some fresh air will help improve your mood, but if you can’t get out of the house, there are still things you can do inside to stay active. Take a look at our advice on staying active during the coronavirus outbreak for more ideas

How to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.

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