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Coronavirus Coping Strategies

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We are all in a time of extreme uncertainty, national anxiety and a kind of shared stress. We need to help ourselves and help others to stay positive during these unsettling times. Rumour and speculation can fuel anxiety.

  • Take preventative actions by strictly following Government and NHS guidance CLICK HERE
  • Limit your time on news channels and from consuming too much information on COVID-19. Constant stimulation on the pandemic prevents you from really switching off, increases your levels of anxiety and can cause insomnia.
  • Ironically the more anxious we are, the more vulnerable we become to illness, as stress can damage our immune system
  • Sleep well: research shows that people who get proper sleep are more likely to be able to fend off viruses
  • Don't ignore anxiety — these are uncertain times for all of us. Try to express it. Acknowledging your feelings and knowing that it's normal to feel this way can help — keep a notebook, write down your anxieties and then put that away. Let it go
  • Keep talking to your friends and relatives — phone/text/WhatsApp/Skype/Zoom/all types of social media.
  • Eat and drink regularly — eating small amounts help to keep energy levels up
  • Try to avoid sugary food such as chocolate or sweets as they only provide a short-term energy boost, often followed by an energy dip — eat fruit, nuts and slow release energy foods
  • Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water — and don't rely on caffeine!
  • Get up and walk around if you need a break — go for a walk around your garden (if you have one) following the strict government directives regarding daily exercise and social distancing
  • If you are working from home, don't eat your lunch at the laptop/desk — switch off and then reboot
  • Be positive and thankful to those around us and to those who are still working and volunteering at the NHS Frontline/Chemists/Home Deliveries/Postal Workers/Newspaper Deliveries/Milk to your Doorstep etc. Remind those individuals of the fantastic work they are doing and how much we all appreciate their help and support

Keep well and positive everyone — from the Village Surgeries Group and PPG

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