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The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means that life is changing for all of us for a while. It may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated.

It’s important to remember it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass.

There are some simple things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty. Doing so will help you think clearly, and make sure you are able to look after yourself and those you care about.

For more information visit nhs.uk.

10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus…

1. Stay connected with people
Maintaining healthy relationships with people we trust is important for our mental wellbeing.

2. Talk about your worries
Remember: it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust – and doing so may help them too.

3. Support and help others
Helping someone else can benefit you as well as them, so try to be a little more understanding of other people’s concerns.

4. Feel prepared
Working through the implications of staying at home should help you feel more prepared and less concerned.

5. Look after your body
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly.

6. Stick to the facts
Find a credible source you can trust – such as GOV.UK or the NHS website.

7. Stay on top of difficult feelings
Try to focus on the things you can control, such as your behaviour, who you speak to, and where and how often you get information.

8. Do things you enjoy
Focusing on your favourite hobby, relaxing indoors or connecting with others can help with anxious thoughts and feelings.

9. Focus on the present
Focusing on the present, rather than worrying about the future

10. Look after your sleep
Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel

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