These are worrying and uncertain times. The coronavirus outbreak has changed daily life for us all in Scotland and has had a real impact on how many of us are feeling. It’s OK to not feel yourself right now, and the Scottish Government have launched a new website with some great tips to help get you through it.
The site highlights the practical things people can do to help them feel better whilst staying at home and offers tips on how people can look after themselves if they feel things getting on top of them.
This includes things like keeping to a routine, staying active within the current guidelines, making time to do the things you enjoy, and keeping in touch with people.
The website also points to sources of advice including NHS Inform, and helplines including NHS24, Breathing Space, SAMH and the Samaritans – encouraging people to reach out if they need help.
Minister for Mental Health Clare Haughey said:
“The restrictions on our lives, whilst vital, are undoubtedly tough, bringing feelings of anxiety, frustration and worry as we try to cope and adapt. It’s never been more important to look after our mental health, and this campaign has been launched to highlight the things we can do every day to feel better and stay mentally healthy.
“These are unprecedented times and it’s important that people know what support is there if they need to speak to someone. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, and hope this campaign helps people to take care of themselves as restrictions continue.”