Coronavirus and your wellbeing
You might be worried about coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This might feel difficult or stressful over the upcoming weeks and months. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing during this challenging time.
If you are feeling worried or anxious
You are not alone. Many people are worried about coronavirus and the implications for day to day life. These feelings are a normal response to an abnormal situation.
For example you might be worried about your own health and your loved ones, experiencing a change in your sleep or eating patterns, having difficulty concentrating and experiencing physical symptoms of panic. For most people these feelings are temporary and will pass. However, there are things you can do to help manage and reduce your worrying thoughts and feelings related to coronavirus.
Breathing Space Scotland 0800 83 85 87 – advisors are available in the evenings (6pm – 2am) and at the weekends (24 hours) for anyone feeling low, anxious or isolated
The Silver Line 0800 4 70 80 90 – friendship and advice 24 hours a day for older people
Samaritans116 123 – volunteers who will listen or talk through your worries (available 24 hours)
If you have existing mental health condition
This may be a particularly worrying time for people with existing health conditions. The online resources listed will be helpful along with disorder specific information below.
Anxiety (including OCD) https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/blog/health-and-other-forms-of-anxiety-and-coronavirus/
Mental Health Helplines https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/
NHS Fife Psychology YouTube channel
How to respond effectively to the Coronavirus
Scottish Association for Mental Health
How to respond effectively to the Corona Crisis – Russ Harris
Guide to living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty