Taking care of your mental health

Advice for members about maintaining good mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 is infecting more and more people in the UK. As we know from recent government statements, this is likely to disrupt many aspects of our lives.

As a physiotherapist, your job and the way you provide care to others may be a cause of stress and anxiety.

One of the best ways to increase your resilience is through social support from family, friends, and colleagues. Sharing anxieties, worries or concerns is important.

Within the workplace, sharing work and creating a balance between more difficult and easier tasks is also a key factor in ensuring effective teamwork and reducing anxiety.

Inevitably, some of your normal social contacts will be stretched. Self-isolation and changes in government policy may make your ability to contact friends and family harder. It is vital to start to think about how to maintain these connections over the coming weeks and months.

Dealing with anxiety

How to keep making sure that your own mental health and wellbeing are being maintained during the coronavirus outbreak.

How to deal with anxiety
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Mindfulness and breathing

Mindfulness is a technique that anyone can learn, and it's something you can practise at any time.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder

Find out what you can do if you suspect that you have PTSD.

Do you have PTSD?
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Resources and helplines

Some websites, apps and helplines you can use if you are struggling with your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mental health resources
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Having difficult conversations

Many of you will be having sensitive conversations with patients or their relatives, often in challenging conditions. This guidance will help you to manage these conversations more effectively.

Having difficult conversations
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Prepare Your Mind

A free, four-session, skills development short course that aims to help you better manage your mind and reduce the impact of powerful negative emotions, and help you to feel more settled, calm and focused. (Note from the CSP Digital Team: password security on this site is not fully encrypted, so it is best not to use a password that you also use elsewhere, just to be on the safe side!)

Access the free Prepare Your Mind course
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