Be kind to yourself and others – Dr David Crichton

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, an important opportunity to promote good mental health for all and raise awareness that there is support available for everyone. Looking after our mental health is always important but even more so due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The government guidance to control the virus and to keep us safe has had a huge impact on our daily lives.

In light of this, now more than ever, I ask people to be mindful of their emotional wellbeing and ensure you are taking time to keep yourself well. Coronavirus has resulted in uncertain times for all of us and worries about the current situation can affect anyone, young or old, in different ways.

The theme for this year’s mental health awareness week is ‘kindness’, recognising how simple acts of kindness helps us strengthen our relationships, develop our local communities, which ultimately deepens solidarity. Our sense of community has changed over recent months but wherever we look, we can find examples of how kindness is blossoming at this time; from local community groups responding to local needs, to the fundraising efforts of Colonel Tom Moore who has inspired thousands to hold their own fundraising challenges.

Looking after your health and emotional wellbeing is important and is hopefully a regular part of your overall daily activities. If you find yourself feeling low and think you are alone, please be reassured that you are not; you are part of local, regional and national communities. Most people at some stage during the Coronavirus outbreak will feel worried, anxious, lonely, isolated, stressed or sad. We are spending more time confined to our homes and away from family, friends and colleagues. That sense of loss of community can have a profound impact on how we feel.

But there are many positive things we can do to stay as physically and mentally well as possible. There is plenty of advice and information at our fingertips and there is professional help available in Doncaster to ensure you get the support you need.

If you are feeling anxious, worried or low in mood, please speak to someone. It really does help to talk and to share your concerns and worries. Help is available, so please step forward and access the support you need so you feel better in yourself. Everyone deserves to feel good.

Take time for yourself every day. A walk in the garden listening to the birds or a cup of tea whilst talking to a friend on line can really boost your mood. The simplest things can sometimes be the best. So please reach out and be kind to yourself and others.

Some helpful links you may find useful:

Action for happiness – Active coping calendar: The world is in crisis. Keep Calm, Stay Wise & Be Kind 10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus Coronavirus and your wellbeing Coronavirus – protecting your mental wellbeing

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