ARE YOU A KNOWSLEY BASED BUSINESS?
HAVE YOU EVER MADE CONTACT WITH THE KNOWSLEY WORKING WELL PROGRAMME?
OUR DEDICATED KNOWSLEY WORKING WELL COORDINATOR CAN SUPPORT YOUR WORKPLACE WITH HEALTH AND WELLBEING ADVICE AND SUPPORT.
Lorna Marshall is the dedicated Working Well Coordinator for Knowsley based businesses. Lorna has collated some top tips that might help in these unusual and difficult times. You can contact Lorna for more information and to get support from the Knowsley Working Well Programme…
Working Well is here to support you and your workplaces with their health and wellbeing support.
Written by Lorna Marshall, Working Well Coordinator
I understand that now more than ever the feelings of stress, anxiety and worry may be playing a bigger role in people’s lives. The pressure of change and uncertainty has led to the development of a number of updated resources that can offer support and activities to help you find ways to balance these feelings:
• ALMA is a mental health resource created by Cheshire and Merseyside Health & Care Partnership. On ALMA you’ll find information and resources that will support your physical and mental wellbeing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. https://www.almahealth.co.uk/
• Every Mind Matters have updated their information to reflect Coronavirus and wellbeing https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
Here are 10 tips (from the NHS Every Mind Matters website) 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, so think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family while needing to stay at home. You could try phone calls, video calls or social media instead of meeting in person – whether it’s with people you normally see often or connecting with old friends.
2. Talk about your worries
It’s normal to feel a bit worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember: it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust – and doing so may help them too. If you cannot speak to someone you know or if doing so has not helped, there are plenty of helplines you can try instead.
• NHS-recommended helplines
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, worries or behaviours at this time. Try to think of things you can do to help those around you. Is there a friend or family member nearby you could message? Are there any community groups you could join to support others locally? Remember, it is important to do this in line with official coronavirus guidance to keep everyone safe.
• Helping others
4. Feel prepared
Working through the implications of staying at home should help you feel more prepared and less concerned. Think through a normal week: how will it be affected and what do you need to do to solve any problems? If you have not already, you might want to talk with your employer, understand your sick pay and benefits rights, and get hold of some essentials for while you are at home. You could also think about who you can get help from locally – as well as people you know, lots of local and community help groups are being set up. Try to remember this disruption should only be temporary.
• GOV.UK: Coronavirus support
5. Look after your body
Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Avoid smoking or drugs, and try not to drink too much alcohol. You can leave your house, alone or with members of your household, for 1 form of exercise a day – like a walk, run or bike ride. But make you keep a safe 2-metre distance from others. Or you could try one of our easy 10-minute home workouts.
• Try a home workout
6. Stick to the facts
Find a credible source you can trust – such as GOV.UK or the NHS website – and fact-check information you get from newsfeeds, social media or other people. You could also use the GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp. This automated chatbot covers the most common questions about coronavirus. Message the coronavirus chatbot to get started. Think about how possibly inaccurate information could affect others too. Try not to share information without fact-checking against credible sources. You might also want to consider limiting the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak, including on social media, and think about turning off breaking-news alerts on your phone. You could set yourself a specific time to read updates or limit yourself to a couple of checks a day.
• NHS information on coronavirus
7. Stay on top of difficult feelings
Concern about the coronavirus outbreak is perfectly normal. However, some people may experience intense anxiety that can affect their daily life. 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. It’s fine to acknowledge that some things are outside of your control, but if constant thoughts about coronavirus are making you feel anxious or overwhelmed, try some ideas to help manage your anxiety or listening to an audio guide.
• NHS audio guides
8. Do things you enjoy
If we are feeling worried, anxious or low, we might stop doing things we usually enjoy. Focusing on your favourite hobby, relaxing indoors or connecting with others can help with anxious thoughts and feelings. If you cannot do the things you normally enjoy because you are staying at home, think about how you could adapt them, or try something new. There are lots of free tutorials and courses online, and people are coming up with inventive new ways to do things, like hosting online pub quizzes and music concerts.
• Watch: Keep learning
9. Focus on the present
Focusing on the present, rather than worrying about the future, can help with difficult emotions and improve our wellbeing. Relaxation techniques can also help some people deal with feelings of anxiety, or you could try our mindful breathing video.
• Watch: Mindful breathing
10. Look after your sleep
Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel mentally and physically, so it is important to get enough. Try to maintain regular sleeping patterns and keep up good sleep hygiene practices – like avoiding screens before bed, cutting back on caffeine and creating a restful environment. See our sleep page for more advice.
• Tips to improve your sleep
If you would like to get in touch with Lorna for any health and wellbeing support, please email or contact:
Lorna Marshall, Working Well Co-Ordinator,
Mob: 07500 765 201