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Looking after your mental health

There is a lot of support available if you need information and advice during these uncertain times.

The spread of COVID-19 has created can feel overwhelming at times. You may be adjusting to a different way of life - whether that be working from home, or not seeing family and friends.

There is a lot of support available if you need information and advice. It might be for you, or to help support others around you. Remember, it's okay not to be okay.

Keep yourself well

There are simple things people can do to stay well during the pandemic. These include, but not limited to:

  • Staying connected with friends and family over the phone or using video calls
  • Staying active and get fresh air by exercising -  going out for a walk, or spending time in your garden if you have one
  • Sticking to a healthy diet

Public Health England has provided some other tips and advice to keep mentally well during this difficult time.

  • Help and support others around you
  • Talk about your worries to your friends or family, or speak to one of the NHS helplines
  • Get enough sleep
  • Manage your media and information intake
  • Get the facts from official sources
  • Think about a new daily routine and set goals
  • Keep your mind active and do activities you enjoy
  • Try to relax and avoid becoming overwhelmed

Mental health and wellbeing

The COVID-19 outbreak means things are a little bit different for all of us at the moment.

It may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated. Everyone reacts differently and that is okay. While it may not always seem like it, this situation is temporary and these difficult feelings will - over time - pass.

You are not alone and there are organisations to turn to when you need. Talking can help. Text the word Kent to 85258 or phone 0800 107 0160 for free confidential support at any time. 

Kent County Council,  Every Mind Matters page on anxiety and NHS mental wellbeing audio guides provide further support and  information on how to manage anxiety.

Other organisations helping residents across the Folkestone and Hythe district are listed here.

Keeping active

Even a short walk or a little home workout can really help to lift your mood. Kent Sport has resources about how to keep active during this time.

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