During these tough times, don’t forget to look after yourself and check in on family, friends, etc.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging event. Some people might find it more worrying than others. Medical, scientific and public health experts are working hard to contain the virus. Try to remember this when you feel worried, but there are many things you can do to mind your mental health during times like this.
Stay informed but set limits for news and social media
The constant stream of information about COVID-19 can be overwhelming. I can also make you feel unnecessarily worried. If it does, find ways to moderate what information you choose to take in, and when.
For example, you could set aside a short time slot every day or two, to look out for important updates.
It can also be difficult to separate facts from misinformation. Always make sure to get your information from trustworthy and reliable sources.
Read up-to-date, factual information on COVID-19 in Ireland here.
On social media, people often talk about their own worries or beliefs about COVID-19. This could increase your own worry and levels of anxiety. It is important to choose carefully who you engage with on social media, and for how long.
If you find the coverage on COVID-19 is too intense for you, talk it through with someone close or get support.
Keep up your healthy routines
Your routine may be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in different ways. But during difficult times like this, it’s best if you can keep some structure in your day.
It’s important to pay attention to your needs and feelings, especially during times of stress. You may still be able to do some of the things you enjoy and find relaxing.
During times of stress, friends and families can be a good source of support. It is important to keep in touch with them and other people in your life.
If you need to restrict your movements or self-isolate, try to stay connected to people in other way like phone and video calls, emails, online chat platforms, etc.
Full information and original guidance can be found on the HSE website here: Minding your mental health during Covid-19