Feeling Down or Hopeless 

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Feeling Down or Hopeless 

At times, the pandemic and its wide-ranging impact can feel unending, but it’s understandable and OK to feel low or even hopeless in the face of such a challenge. You may have experienced, witnessed or learned about difficult and tragic events, and you may have been cut off and isolated from family and unable to do the things you normally do to boost your mood. At times you may have felt ineffective at work or at home. It’s important to remember that even if you’re not at work, you can experience this.

Things that can help 

Try not to spend too much time dwelling on negative thoughts and feelings. If you can, try to remind yourself of positive things that you, colleagues, friends or others have been able to do. Avoid excessively watching media coverage. Reach out to friends and family online.  Try to stick to your normal routine as much as possible and remember to do activities you enjoy (which may have to be adapted in the context of social distancing). It can be helpful to think about things you used to enjoy doing, and try to do them again if you can.  Try to exercise where possible at least once a day, and keep a healthy and balanced diet and sleep pattern.

We’ve compiled some Top Tips for Managing Low Mood which you can find here.

Aim for a healthy life balance

Stress, Coping and Resilience Poster NES 

COVID-19 Staff Wellbeing tool kit 

Feeling Good: A free, evidence-based audio programme which can help with depression and low mood.  Follow this link for a Quick Guide for accessing Feeling Good.

Silvercloud: CBT based programs that focus on supporting your wellbeing, including managing your mental health, resilience, stress and sleep. Use code Scotland2020. Follow this link for a Quick Guide for accessing Silvercloud.

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook: A guide you can work through to help manage your anxiety, which also includes a list of 74 ideas for different activities you can try.

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