During the coronavirus outbreak it is important to take time to respond to any anxieties you may have about the ongoing situation and take care of yourself mentally as well as physically. Such a large influx of information from the media can have a big effect on mental health and wellbeing and lead to an increase in stress. Below you will find some resources to help with this, and techniques explaining how to manage any negative or unhelpful emotional responses you may be having.
For more general support relating to your mental health or relating to a specific issue of concern, please find self-help information here.
It is important to stay informed on the most up to date and accurate information during this time. To ensure you are getting this information from the most reputable sources, please follow the links below:
General Wellbeing during COVID-19
- Staff Wellbeing During the Pandemic & Beyond
- Clear your Head – Ideas and tips on how to clear your head and feel better.
- Coming out of Lockdown – Tips and advice for those who may be concerned or anxious about easing out of Lockdown.
- Coronavirus and your Wellbeing (MIND) – Mind.org regularly update their website with information around coronavirus and your wellbeing. This resource contains information on how to cope if you are feeling anxious and plans for taking care of your mental wellbeing.
- FACE COVID – A guide developed by Dr. Russ Harris, author of the Happiness Trap. The principles are based on Acceptance and Commitment therapy and outline a set of practical tips for responding to coronavirus to aid wellbeing. Here you can find an animation of this information.
- Guide to living with worry and anxiety – A useful guide developed by Psychology Tools to guide you through your anxiety and worry during COVID-19. This guide includes tips and advice on how to manage the emotions you may be feeling right now.
- Looking after our Mental Health & Wellbeing during COVID-19 – A guide with tips on how to look after yourself at this time created by NHS Forth Valley.
- The Mental Health Foundation – A collection of mental health resources containing advice on working from home, getting through the winter during COVID-19, loneliness, home working and many other relevant issues.
- Silvercloud Free CBT tool for COVID-19 – SilverCloud is an online self-help platform, which is currently free to access. It is based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles. There are currently 4 modules completely free to access through the MIND website. One module is specifically adapted to help with coping during COVID-19.
- Tips on how to cope if you are worried about Coronavirus and isolation – This advice is for you if you are self-isolating and experiencing much higher levels of distress than is normal for you, and you are struggling to cope with day-to-day things.
- Advice for Keyworker Parents during COVID-19 – Advice to help support your child adapt to the changes as a result of COVID-19.
Health and Social Care Staff
- The National Wellbeing Hub – A national digital wellbeing hub for those working in health and social services in Scotland. The hub is a great resources for self-care and wellbeing resources to support resilience and wellbeing as an individual and as a workforce during COVID-19.
- The Mindfulness Initiative – Mindfulness practices tailored towards health and care staff to help cope with the mental challenges during COVID-19.
- The SPARK Tool – This self-care plan helps you to look after yourself using a self-reflective tool that can target different areas of your life through small positive changes. This plan is aimed at those working in health and social care.
- Check in, Check Out – A poster with useful questions to support people in work to remember to check in and check out at the start and end of the work day.
- Going Home Checklist – A useful checklist with suggestions for how to end a workday and leave anxieties at work.
- Providing Psychological First Aid to Others – The principles of Psychological First Aid apply to all health and social care staff when supporting patients, clients, and members of the public with distress. This information graphic highlights the key components to help you to do this.
- Stress Management for Health Professionals – A useful infographic suggesting ways to monitor your stress levels and ways of calming yourself on the spot in work.