Looking after your physical and mental health is more important than ever now. Healthy eating and getting regular exercise are vital for health. Lots of us are finding all the changes to our lives as a result of COVID-19 upsetting and difficult to deal with. Here are some tips to help you mind your mental health during this time.
Having a healthy daily routine is really important for mental health. during difficult times like this, it’s best if you can keep some structure in your day. This means eating well, physical activity and exercise, regular sleep habits, and things that you like or enjoy, such as reading a book or being creative.
Stay connected with other people in ways that are safe for you. If you are not able to meet a family or friends because of restrictions, stay in regular contact by phone, letter or email .
Try to listen only to the facts
Keep a realistic perspective of the situation based on the facts. Stay informed but set times and limits for news. If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed by the news, try to talk about it with someone.
If you smoke and/or drink, try to avoid doing this more than usual. Sport can affect your mood and overall health and won’t help you in the long term. If you would like help to stop smoking, free phone 1800 201 203 our visit quit.ie
Changes you may have noticed
Over the last few months, you may have noted some of the following changes or difficulties for you or someone you care about:
- increased anxiety
- feeling stressed
- finding yourself excessively checking for symptoms, in yourself, or others
- becoming irritable more easily
- feeling insecure or unsettled
- feeling that normal aches and pains might be the virus
- having trouble sleeping
- feeling helpless or a lack of control
- having irrational thoughts
if you need support
- GP’s are available and can help if you’re experiencing mental health problems . you can phone to make an appointment and they can arrange a phone or video consultation if that suits you better.
- mental health help line , including the Samaritans , can be a support to crisis or distress . you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 and calls are free from landline phones or mobile.
- Text support services are also an option. You can text HELLO to 50808 for a calming chat and immediate support if you are going through a mental health our emotional crisis. this is a HSE funded service
- Your mental health information line 1800 111 888
Suicidal thoughts and feelings can sometimes be a part of a mental health crisis. Please remember that if you are in crisis are feeling suicidal, or if you know someone who is at immediate risk of harm, you can call the emergency services on 112 or 999 for help.