The arrival of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) has had an unprecedented impact on the world and the challenges we are all facing were unimaginable a few months ago. So much seems uncertain and the constant barrage of information about the coronavirus is never ending.
Add to this the fact that we are all having to live by new social isolation guidelines (with many people living alone and completely isolated because of age and health), then it’s not surprising that keeping calm right now might be proving quite difficult!
For those people already living with an anxiety disorder including OCD and phobias (our speciality), all the uncertainty and changes associated with the coronavirus can be particularly challenging and in some cases symptoms can be exacerbated.
TOP UK understands that some people may be looking for support and help during this difficult time. All our face to face groups are now running on Skype and we have added some new self-help groups to meet the demand. If you need help to manage your anxiety and would like to join one of our online groups, please complete an application form.
It is important to remember that feeling anxious, scared, sad, and even angry when faced with an overwhelming crisis like the coronavirus is quite normal. For this reason, it is essential that we all look after and protect our own mental health. Many experts have issued advice on how we can manage the anxiety and stress which is being generated by this coronavirus outbreak.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued some useful information “Coping with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak”
One of the suggestions is to limit time spent watching, reading or listening to news especially if it makes you anxious and distressed. They have also issued advice for helping children cope with coronavirus stress. The BBC News have also published some information on “How to Protect your Mental Health” and advocate spending time away from social media.
For anyone who is struggling with their OCD, the charity OCD UK has a lovely article on their website “OCD and Coronavirus Survival Tips”. It reminds everyone to wash their hands for 20 seconds but not for a second longer! It also champions the fact that we all need to be kind to ourselves. Do not beat yourself up if you are having a bad day.
We are all being told to be kind and compassionate to family, friends and neighbours but don’t leave out the most important person in all this rhetoric…..and that is YOU!
Stay safe everyone and you know where we are, if you need us x