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Dealing with worry and uncertainty

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Lots of us are worried about coronavirus; primarily how it will affect our health and that of our family and friends, but also how It's changing the way we work day to day and the stability of our employment and future plans. It is a profoundly difficult time all round, but there are lots of positive things we can do to ensure we’re taking care of ourselves and those around us who are adapting to this new way of living.

Stay connected

In these times of social distancing and isolation it’s more important than ever to stay connected with people. Think about how you can stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues and get creative about how you do this. At Henry Nicholas we’ve tried to embrace this with daily catch up meetings with the team via Zoom sharing running tips, routes and fitness successes, poker nights with video link to friends, quizzes (home-made), Spotify shared playlists, shared school resources and tips for home-based teaching and parenting support.

Look after your body

Working from home and social distancing measures are inevitably leading to a decrease in our physical exercise which can then have a negative knock on effect to our mental health. Adding regular physical activity into your day can reduce stress and anxiety, so try sitting less and moving more. The charity Mind has more info on this here 

Sleep is also important – try to maintain a regular sleep pattern and avoid screens and caffeine before bed.

Maintain a balanced diet and drink enough water.

Support others

Helping someone else can also benefit you. There are daily examples of how as a community we are rallying together and creating good. Perhaps the biggest example of this would be the NHS GoodSAM scheme where people can sign up to provide support to the 1.5M people in England who are most at risk to Covid-19. This has had huge traction, and at the time of writing 750,000 people have signed up! There are plenty more examples of support at a local level where communities are protecting the vulnerable by picking up prescriptions and medicines, delivering food parcels and shopping, checking in on the isolated, offering goods and services for free.

Keep it factual

Sadly, in times like these false information and scaremongering appear on the scene. We need to stick to the facts and get our information from credible sources like , ,

Blank out the noise from social media etc.

It's important that we also give ourselves time out from consuming news, as the headlines and data bombardment can take over. It's also important to give ourselves time. As Stephen Fry eloquently puts it “we need to give ourselves more time to do everything” 

New interests

As we might have more time on our hands now is a great time to try something new. There are an increasing number of organisations who are making online learning resources available for free. We've heard of many people picking up musical instruments, learning languages, cooking more, reading more, listening to podcasts, reading blogs, online Yoga / fitness classes, art sharing, the list goes on…

We need to remember that the feelings we have now are temporary and the anxiety will pass. Everyone is in this together and by focusing on the positive thoughts and actions we can supress the worry. We’re seeing the good in society where testing times bring about the best in all of us.