Mind your Mental Health during the COVID crisis

Feeling down in this COVID crisis?

Mental Health Services are reporting a big increase in demand because of the COVID crisis. Lots of people feeling down. It’s not surprising, because life has changed so much and we’re likely to continue like this for another while.

So it’s really important to look after ourselves. Self-Care and being kind to ourselves has never been so important. A key part of this is not drinking too much. Drinking increases depression and anxiety as Red Lady found.

It’s harder not to drink too much in this COVID crisis

When we’re down and anxious, it’s harder not drinking too much. Plus, all those COVID meme’s and social media posts make drinking seem like the solution. We gave some tips on minding your mental health here and all our courses are now free.

But given all the uncertainty and job losses, it’s not surprising that all our levels of anxiety and stress are much higher. So maybe a specific Smartphone app might help?

Confidential online help is available

So here’s a listing of smartphone apps that can help. All of them are free or free to try out to see if you find them useful.

These mobile apps can help you manage anxiety. They have been reviewed by a group in the HSE (the Mental Health Apps Review Sub Group) This is one of the many positive things about this crisis.  Usually support for Mental Health is an afterthought. But the HSE seem to really understand the impact this COVID crisis is having on people’s mental health. Despite the terrible pressure they are working hard to help.

Mobile apps to support your mental health

Mindshift (by Anxiety Canada)

A user-friendly self-help tool based on proven scientific strategies, MindShift CBT teaches about anxiety, helping users to engage in healthy thinking and to take action. Users check in each day to track their anxiety and work with tools in the app.

Clear Fear 

Clear Fear is an app developed for teenage mental health charity Stem4 which uses the evidence-based treatment CBT to focus on learning to reduce the physical responses to threat by learning to breathe, relax and be mindful as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions. You can personalise the app if you so wish and you will be able to track your progress and notice change.

Headspace

Headspace is a well-known mobile app that teaches meditation and easy to use mindfulness skills. Map your journey, track your progress, and reap rewards in your overall health and wellbeing. You can even ‘buddy up’ with friends and motivate each other along the way.

So why not try out one of these apps?

Or if you don’t like apps, Mental Health Ireland have a nice daily planner you can download to take control of your day. It even has useful tips.

Mental Health Reform now have a listing of telephone helplines that you can contact directly.

Stay Safe

PS

If you have a physical dependence on drink and are worried about getting hold of drink, GP’s have been given new guidelines to help in this situation, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

This post was written by Carol

As some who gets hangovers lasting a week, Carol never drank too much - Once she got to a sensible age! However as a patient with an auto immune illness, since she was a teenager she has to drink very little. So she really understands how Irish society makes this very difficult. Carol is responsible for all aspects of Lifewise operations that Valerie and Angela do not cover.

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