Diocese of Carlisle

Reducing Anxiety Levels

Tips for reducing anxiety

  • Limit time spent listening to/watching the news and engaging with social media if you are finding that it increases stress and worry.
  • The current situation can feel overwhelming and it may help to "reframe" how you think about it. Try to see it simply as a different period of time in your life, even though it was unexpected, rather than only viewing it in a negative way.
  • Keeping in mind the social distancing restrictions, try to get some fresh air and exercise.
  • Try to maintain a heathy lifestyle by staying hydrated, eating properly, getting a good night's sleep and keeping active.
  • Find ways to relax at home when you are not working. You could try reading a book or watching films. Online exercise classes may also help.
  • Talking to people you trust can help. Keep in regular contact with friends and family on the phone, by email or via social media.
  • You can also reach out to our mental health first champions as outlined above who are happy to offer support at this challenging time.

External guidance and support

Further support and information is available at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing, where you can find the Government's guidance on safeguarding your mental health and wellbeing;

www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus, where mental health charity Mind provides tips for coping during the coronavirus outbreak, including information for emergency service staff, volunteers and their families; and

www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak, where Samaritans provides information and advice for anyone who is worried about their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.