Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (Covid 19), can be scary and can affect our mental health. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing and mental health during such times.
Follow our top tips to look after yourself:
If you find that the news is causing you stress,
try to limit the amount of coverage that you are reading or listening to. It's
best that you don't avoid news completely and that you keep informed of the developments
but try to limit this to once a day.
Be in touch with friends and family regularly to
stay connected with them via social media, email or phone, it may change your
normal routine but it's important to feel close to them when feeling worried or
If you are unable to work, it's important that
you create a new routine through exercise, mindfulness, and hobbies to keep busy
Eating well and keeping hydrated is important
for physical and mental health, and good for keeping on top of low mood and
blood sugar levels.
Help the vulnerable. Think
of those that it's more difficult for and why not help the elderly or sick with
their shopping whilst doing your own.
How can GroceryAid Help?
We have various Self-Help Guides available through our partner Rightsteps from day one of working in the grocery industry. 5 Ways to Wellbeing, Anxiety, Healthy Eating, Low Mood, Physical Activity are just some of the topics available to work through for help.
Ideal for those looking to make lasting changes in their lives you have access to a more structured self-guided support. There are 6-8 sessions lasting approx. 45 minutes each. Sessions include topics such as General Anxiety, Learning to Change, Low Mood, Social Anxiety.
GroceryAid provides a confidential 24/7 Helpline, 365 days a year for anyone who is working or has worked within the grocery trade, regardless of the length of service. This free service provides emotional and practical support to help through a difficult time.
Find out more:
· Freephone Helpline 08088 021 122
We are following all advice provided by WHO, PHE and the NHS: