Mental Health and Well-being
During this uncertain and stressful time, it’s important to take care of your mind as well as your body.
You may feel bored, frustrated, or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about finances, your health or those close to you.
It’s ok to feel like this – everyone reacts to in their own way to uncertainty.
Below are a few links providing advice on taking care of your mental health and well-being.
The NHS Inform page on Mental Health and Well-being has resources and advice on dealing with low mood, anxiety, stress, and where you can get help. Their Coronavirus (COVID-19): Your mental well-being page also has specific information on how to cope with the current situation.
Mind has great resources for anyone struggling with their mental health and well-being. Their Coronavirus and your well-being page covers advice such as preparing to stay at home and what you can do take care of your mental health and well-being.
The SAMH page provides different tools for different situations. This includes looking after friends and family, a YoungScot Coronavirus info page, a Wellbeing assessment tool, and much more.
Breathing Space is a free and confidential phone service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 feeling low, depressed, or anxious. If you need to speak to someone, their advisors will listen and offer information and advice.
Simple things you can do...
- Reach out to someone if you are struggling or just in need of a chat
- Do things you enjoy – reading, cooking, or puzzles
- Try and eat healthy, well-balanced meals with a small treat now and then
- Drink plenty of fluids including water, juice, tea and coffee (just watch your caffiene intake!)
- Try spending time with the windows open, letting in fresh air, and getting some natural sunlight
- Exercise at home to keep yourself physically active
- Limit the amount of news or information you receive