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Hull charity shares tips on how to manage your mental health during coronavirus outbreak

Local mental health charity Hull and East Yorkshire Mind has shared some tips on how to manage your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

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In the last week, the government has ordered people stay at home, practice social distancing, and work from home where necessary, but Hull and East Yorkshire Mind know that this can cause worry amongst people and have a huge impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

Emma Dallimore, Chief Executive at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind said:

We appreciate that the current situation around coronavirus is worrying for many. During these unprecedented times it might feel more difficult than usual to take care of your mental health and wellbeing – but it’s important to remember that you are not alone and there are people available to help.

"Although our offices are closed, we have plans in place to ensure that we can continue to support people across the local area who are experiencing poor mental health.”

– Emma Dallimore

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind have shared the following tips:

  • Connect with people: Make plans to video chat with people or groups you’d normally see in person.
  • Decide on your routine: Plan how you’ll spend your time. It might help to write this down on paper and put it on the wall. Try to follow your ordinary routine as much as possible by getting up at the same time as normal, follow your usual morning routines, and go to bed at your usual time.
  • Keeping active and stimulating your mind: Build physical activity into your daily routine, if possible. Most of us don’t have exercise equipment like treadmills where we live, but there are still activities you can do.
  • Handwashing and anxiety: Some mental health problems can cause difficult feelings or behaviours to do with washing or hygiene. If you experience this, you might find it hard to hear advice about washing your hands. If this is making you feel stressed or anxious try things such as, setting limits, like washing your hands for the recommended 20 seconds. Plan something to do after washing your hands to help distract you and change your focus. Breathing exercises can also help you cope and feel more in control.
  • Take care with news and information: It’s important to stay connected with current events, but be careful where you get news and health information from. For up-to-date advice, see the NHS coronavirus webpage and gov.uk coronavirus webpages.
  • If you’re feeling anxious, claustrophobic or trapped: If you’re feeling anxious or claustrophobic it may help to open the windows to let in fresh air, or you could spend time sitting on your doorstep, or in the garden if you have one.
  • For more information, advice or support - call 01482 240200 or email info@heymind.org.uk.

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