Managing your mental health as lockdown eases

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may cause you to feel worried, anxious, or scared. Read our tips to looking after your wellbeing.
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Many of us have struggled with our mental health throughout the pandemic. But, while lockdown has been challenging, significant change, like current restrictions easing, can also affect how we're feeling. 

It's important to remember that everyone will have a different response to coming out of lockdown. For example, you might be feeling:

  • Anxious or afraid 
  • Low or sad
  • Tired
  • Stressed or unprepared 
  • Grief or loss 
  • Lonely 
  • Distrustful
  • Powerless
  • Under pressure 
  • Unsupported 

How to manage how you're feeling

Take things at your own pace

Changes to restrictions can make things feel less certain than when we were in total lockdown. It might help to focus on things you can control instead of those you can't. Where possible, maintain your daily routine and prioritise your mental health. 

Speak to others 

Keeping in touch with your friends and family and talking through your concerns can help ease the stress caused by the pandemic. Check-in with people who you know may be worried or live alone. If you are very worried, contact a helpline for emotional support.   

Speak to your GP 

If you are struggling with your mental health, you can speak to your GP about getting help. Take a look at Mind's guidance for accessing treatment and support during the pandemic. 

Keep moving

Being physically active is very important for your physical and mental health.

Any amount of physical activity, whether at home or indoors, can improve your mood and benefit wellbeing by helping to reduce stress and anxiety. Continuing to enjoy local walks, virtual fitness classes or gardening is a great way to stay active.

Speak to a mental health charity or organisation

There are lots of national organisations that can help you. 

Samaritans

If you need to speak to someone, you can call the Samaritans. They're always open and are there to listen.

116 123

Cruse

Cruse Bereavement Care provides bereavement support to people across the UK. If you need someone to talk to you can call the Cruse helpline. You can also speak to them if you've been bereaved as a result of Coronavirus.

0808 808 1677 - Monday-Friday 9.30-5 pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when they're open until 8 pm.

Mind 

Mind is a mental health charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. 

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Charity promotes good mental health for everyone. 

Young Minds 

Young Minds is a mental health charity for children and young people.

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