We are all facing huge challenges posed by COVID-19 and are flooded with thoughts about what the future may hold for us which can impact our mental wellbeing. Feelings of anxiety, fear, sadness, anger or any number of emotions can wash over us making us feel overwhelmed and vulnerable sending our brains into survival mode.
Christmas is now over and the challenges winter presents with long nights and cold weather can lead to many of us feeling more isolated.
So, what can we do to and what can we do to help control our emotions in these challenging times?
Although it is important to keep updated with the current situation it can be helpful to limit your exposure to news and social media. Evidence shows us we can follow five helpful steps which could help with our general well-being through these next few months.
The Five Ways To Wellbeing Are:
* Connect - Laugh together, support each other, play a game, use social media to video chat, share positive experiences
* Be active - Go for a walk within the recommended guidelines, do some gardening, walk up the stairs, dance in your living room, yoga
* Learn - Watch a documentary, follow a recipe, learn a daily new fact, listen to someone talking about their passion for a particular subject
* Give - Share ideas, share advice, share knowledge, make a loved one a cuppa, call someone on the phone
* Take notice - Be aware of the present moment, take note of what you can see, touch, hear, smell and taste. Take notice of when you are not feeling ok and use the opportunity to connect, get active, learn or give and help you to feel that bit better.
Look after yourselves, be kind to each other and reach out to those close to you in this current climate. Should you have any concerns for your mental health please see your GP in the first instance for support.
Contact [email protected] should you require information for a more specific mental health condition which you may wish to seek advice for. This email should not be used if you are in a crisis or emergency, please use the urgent help advice below.
* In cases of emergency where risk is imminent call 999
* If any person has taken an overdose they need to be taken to nearest District General Hospital immediately for treatment, (if required)
* If a person has self-harm and the injury requires medical treatment go to the appropriate medical setting (G.P, Minor Injury Unit or Accident &Emergency Department) depending on the injury
* If a person expresses suicidal thoughts and goes missing, call the Police on 999 or 101 and report what has happened. Make sure you tell the Police about any previous overdoses, suicidal ideation or destructive behaviour that has caused injuries
* C.A.L.L helpline 0800 132 737
· Information and advice on managing during these uncertain times: Click Here
· Young Minds: Click Here
· Young Wrexham: Click Here
· We Need to Talk About Children's Mental Health: Click Here
Latest information on COVID-19:
· NHS Direct Wales symptom checker: Click Here
Other key sources of national information, advice and guidance:
· The Public Health Wales statement on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is updated daily: Click Here
· Policy and advice for the NHS in Wales (COVID-19) is available from the Public Health Wales website: Click Here
· Welsh Government policy and guidance: Click Here
· UK Government policy and guidance: Click Here
We invite supporters to attend Dragon Chat, our mental health peer support group for men over the age of 18.
The peer support group will be free of charge and there will be no registration required. We continue to run virtually (zoom) with the aim of becoming a physical group meeting when the current restrictions on COVID-19. There will be a minimum of two experienced facilitators within the group who will be there to ensure everyone is listened to and respected.
Details are below for this weeks this evening's meeting, click on the link below to join us or contact Steve on the above email if you have any questions.
Join Zoom Meeting: Click Here
Meeting ID: 972 8811 4900