How Think Wellbeing can help you manage stress and anxiety related to Covid-19
By Jo Henderson, Think Wellbeing Psychological Therapist at North West Borough Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
It can be difficult to think about how much our individual worlds have changed in the last few months. The way we work, the way we meet with friends and family and the way we access healthcare services has all changed.
Are you avoiding accessing health services due to Covid-19?
There are sometimes distressing stories in the media relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and it is right that we are taking this seriously but it’s also important to not ignore your physical health needs.
You may have noticed that you are not accessing certain appointments related to your physical health due to being worried or concerned about COVID-19. It may seem too anxiety provoking to attend a clinic or hospital and you may find that you experience anxiety symptoms or worrying thoughts when you think about going to an appointment. You may be experiencing low mood and find it difficult to motivate yourself to attend.
It is natural to experience these, but you may be putting your physical health at risk by not attending. We know that some people think that they are putting the NHS under more pressure by accessing your appointment but this isn’t the case. For the most part, people are being encouraged to access the services that they need to remain well or get treatment if they are unwell.
Are you a keyworker struggling with stress and anxiety?
Alternatively, you may be a keyworker who is struggling to manage the stress of the extraordinary demands placed upon you. You may be experiencing some symptoms of anxiety and/ or low mood that are affecting your sense of self.
Many people are experiencing difficult emotions associated with these stressful times and these are normal responses.
If you have noticed that you are not feeling like yourself or you are having difficulty managing the emotions that the pandemic has caused, it’s good to talk to people you trust about how you are feeling. Keeping the feelings to yourself can exaggerate them and make them more overwhelming.
If you are finding that you are being more self-critical than normal, you may useful to try treating yourself in the same way that you would a friend.
Some people find it useful to engage in some guided relaxation or mindfulness. You can find these through a search on the internet or YouTube (we recommend looking at trusted sources such as NHS websites and accounts).
These are extraordinary times and the stresses that come with that can be exceptional. Remember, it is important to think about your own wellbeing. You need to be well in order to care for others. If you are struggling, Think Wellbeing can help.
How Think Wellbeing can help
Think Wellbeing can help you manage changes in mood or anxiety that may be affecting you as a result of COVID-19. We’re currently prioritising appointments for people who are struggling to access physical healthcare appointments and appointments for keyworkers.
Accessing our Think Wellbeing service is simple! Visit www.nwbh.nhs.uk/think-wellbeing-wigan or contact your local team using the contact numbers below:
• South Wigan (Leigh, Atherton, Tyldesley, Hindley and Golborne): Tel 01942 264 051
• North Wigan (Wigan, Platt Bridge, Ince and Ashton): Tel 01942 255 675