Amidst the outbreak of a pandemic, we are in anxious times of uncertainty and panic. Whilst the Coronavirus is what’s on everyones mind, and anxiety inducing to say the least, we need to stay calm and connected as a community. At present, it’s hard to grasp the scale of the virus, and this can be incredibly overwhelming… It’s important that we take care of our mental health as much as we do our physical health. As well as communicate, and treat one another with compassion. Perhaps you are absolutely fine, but always take it into consideration that people cope with situations differently, so do check in with one another.
With all of this talk of self isolation it’s important that within our communities, we act with kindness. Think of the more vulnerable members of society, is there anyone you can reach out to and help in some way? SHOP RESPONSIBLY, if we all shop for what we need, there will be enough food & supplies for everyone.
The media is a powerful thing, being well informed is important, but we must learn when enough is enough. Try not to let the anticipation and ever changing statistics take over your every thought and feeling. Remember the fatality rate is very low, and to ensure we prioritise the safety of the elderly and already unwell, not forgetting we are very fortunate to have homes and beds to take refuge in. How we treat one another in desperate times, will change how we come out on the other side. Small acts of kindness will bridge the gaps that at the moment are being filled with fear.
There are a number of things you can do to manage any anxiety about the virus…
- Limit your time spent reading/watching the news & social media
- Go outside for walks in fresh open air (if you are not well)
- Listen to music & podcasts
- Read a book
- Spend time with family at home
- Stay connected; FaceTime/make a phone with your friends and family
There are some basic steps to take that keep your chances of contracting the virus to a minimum, these are as followed:
-Wash your hands as often as you can (for 20 seconds) using sanitiser gel if warm running water is not available
- Avoid touching your face, mouth or eyes with unwashed hands
- Keep your time spent in public or busy places to a minimum
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. (NOT into your hands!)
Coronavirus Symptoms: (stay at home for 7 days if you have any of the following)
- High temperature (& chills)
- Continuous coughing
- Shortness of breathe/ trouble breathing
Follow the link below for guidelines and advice on Coronavirus on the NHS website…