This page contains resources for adults to help you manage your stress and anxiety levels during these challenging times.
Whether you are a parent, grandparent, volunteer, carer or professional, or anyone who might come across our services; we hope that you will find some of these resources, exercises and tips useful.
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. Every Mind Matters offers expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and well-being.
They also have specific advice dedicated to Coronavirus and mental wellbeing.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
CBT is an evidence-based treatment approach that is widely recommended for problems such as low mood/depression, anxiety, worry and panic, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bulimia and more.
Managing stress and worry during the COVID-19 outbreak – This CBT leaflet which gives lots of practical advice, exercises and techniques, specifically for managing anxiety induced by the uncertainty and fear of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Mindfulness & Meditation
Headspace – https://www.headspace.com/ – free mindfulness and meditation resources
You don’t have to go the the gym to keep active – activities like yoga can be done from home with minimal equipment – to be honest you don’t even need a mat, and you definitely don’t need fancy leggings. Yoga should be accessible for everyone – it’s not all handstands and pretzels! The overall effective of gentle movement with focus on your breathing and how your body feels is much more effective at calming and boosting your mood than you might think. Our favourite free online classes are:
Yoga with Adrienne – https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene
Quick at home exercises for all levels
Lucy Wyndham-Read is a qualified trainer and has hundreds of different free workouts on her YouTube channel, from as short as 4 minute HIIT routines!
She offers exercise for all ages and abilities and offers low impact and high impact versions of her moves.
For something more challenging or if you’re missing your HIIT class, Johnson & Johnson have a great free HIIT app to download – just search ‘official 7 minute workout’ in your app store. It’s simple, effective, and free.
Taking a screen break
It’s important to stay informed, but it’s also important to recognise that following the constant cycle of news and views can raise our anxiety levels and create extra stress. It’s ok to just check the news once a day, and take a break from social media if it’s becoming overwhelming. You’re missing less than you think!
We’ll be adding things here as they occur to us, but in the meantime take care of yourselves.