The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having an impact on everyone’s lives. During this time, you may be bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also feel low, worried, anxious, or be concerned about your health or that of those close to you. You may also feel concerned about the economic impact of the pandemic and how this could affect your job or finances. These are all common reactions to the difficult situation we face. Everyone reacts differently to events and changes in the way that we think, feel and behave vary between different people and over time. It’s important that you take care of your mind as well as your body.
Most people will find strategies that work for them and for the difficult feelings associated with the pandemic. Some people, especially those with pre-existing mental health problems, may need extra support.
If you’re worried about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on your mental health, you are not alone.
The Covid-19 pandemic is an uncertain time for all of us, so it is only natural that it will affect our mental health in different ways. The important thing to remember is that however you are feeling right now is valid. With the right help and support, you can get through this.
Whatever you are going through right now, we have information and advice that can really help.
I am anxious about the easing of restrictions
- After being in lockdown for so long, it’s natural to have mixed feelings about the easing of restrictions. There’s no need to feel guilty if you’re not as excited as some other people are. Remember that it’s okay to take things at your own pace.
- It’s totally normal to feel worried about the rules and regulations changing. But if you find you’re worrying so much that it’s becoming hard to do other things, speak to a friend or trusted adult about how you’re feeling.
- If you have been shielding during the pandemic, the easing of restrictions may feel especially scary. This is completely understandable, but remember that restrictions are only easing because lots of experts have said it’s safe. If you are feeling really nervous, try taking small steps – for example, you could start by going on a small walk each day and slowly increase the time you are out for. There’s no rush, so take things at your own pace.
I am struggling with education
- After so long studying from home, it’s natural to feel anxious about going to school. However you’re feeling is valid and you are not alone.
- If you’re worried about catching Covid-19, remember that everyone is doing their best to prevent that from happening, and your school wouldn’t have been able to reopen if it wasn’t safe.