Helpful tips on coping with Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
- Find out about employment and benefit rights if finance is a concern for you.
- Plan practical things – ensure adequate household supplies, regular medication available
- Stay connected with others – video, phone call, messaging , Whatsapp, zoom app.
- Talk about your worries and share your concerns. Helpful contacts include:
Anxiety UK – 0344 4775774
CALM – 0800 585858
MIND – 0300 1233393, https://nhs.unmind.com/signup.
Cotswold Counselling – 07957 934168
Samaritans – 0330 094 5717
- Look after your body. Eat well, and have a balanced diet and fluids, exercise including a 10-15 minute home workout. Use some tins as weights. Do some Sit-ups, lunges, jumping jacks press-ups on your knees. A minute on each activity with a minute in between.
- Stay on top of difficult feelings – Focus on the things that you can control.
- Do not stay glued to the news. Limit watching /listening to the news. Only use trustworthy internet sites including Gov.uk or NHS website
- Carry on doing things you enjoy. Favourite hobby or take up a new hobby. On-line courses, pub quizzes. Running. Power walking if you feel unable to run at the moment. Get the old bike out again, give it a clean, tyre check and get out for a spin!
- Take time to relax. Try mindfulness sessions on u. tube. Website “Every Mind Matters” is a good resource and has helpful tips to maintain your mental well being generally but especially with the coronavirus
- Think about a new daily routine. Adapt/create new routines and goals. Write a plan for the day/week. Can help you be more focused and have a purpose.
- Look after your sleep. Try to maintain regular sleep patterns. Warm bath before bed
- Keep your mind active. Read, play games, drawing, jigsaws, sudoku
Run to Talk Volunteers Wanted
Hope you are all well and looking after your physical health as well as your mental health! As runners we tend to focus on our physical health which is very visual especially when we have an injury and are frustrated when we can’t run! However, it is so important that we don’t forget that our mental health needs care and attention too! Just because we can’t see when our mental health is not in a good place it still affects how we behave, think and feel and that includes physical activities such as running.
Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people in the UK ranging from more common problems such as depression and anxiety to rarer conditions such as bi-polar and schizophrenia. People can feel just as bad as a physical illness – you just can’t see it!
“Run and Talk” is an England Athletics (EA) initiative supported by MIND, the mental health charity which aims to improve the mental health through running by talking and sharing their experiences and reducing the stigma. Raise awareness of mental health problems and support people to become and remain physically active through running by supporting them to start running, return to or continue to run.
As part of the “Run and Talk” programme, EA aim to establish a network of volunteers across affiliated clubs to promote mental well being. There are two volunteer roles: Mental Health Champions and Mental Health Ambassadors to be a point of contact for anyone experiencing mental health problems, encourage and promote conversations about mental health. Each role has a different remit but the most important requirement is to have an open and non-judgemental attitude toward mental health problems. Have lived experience of a mental health problem, either personally or from a close relative or friend can also be helpful. For the Champion role, you do not have to have any formal qualifications.
RSE has signed up to support this initiative by two members of the committee volunteering to become mental Health Champions. Currently this is myself, (Caroline Terry and Dave Witnall) . However, it would be great if we could encourage more involvement from within the club as a whole with a mix of male and female volunteers.
My plea to you is that if you feel able to get involved, it will make this a less taboo subject to talk about; it may greatly support our existing and new runners to share their experiences .
If interested in making a difference, Drop me an email, text, whatsapp or phone me to discuss.