Coping through the Coronavirus pandemic

It’s important to me that we all do all we can to help each other during the worry and isolation of this Coronavirus pandemic – and I’m trying to share links and resources with my followers and clients as much as possible, so that we can all keep our mental health in check, maintain our emotional wellbeing, and help those more vulnerable than ourselves wherever we can.
I thought it would be helpful to put all of these resources in one place so that you can find them easily, and every time I find something new that I think helps – whether it’s something scientific, an app you can use to maintain your mindfulness and mental health, a news story or just a video to put a smile on your face – you will find it here – and I’ll share the link on my channels so you don’t miss anything.
Here is a very clever database being built: it takes one minute – or less – and can help to track and predict the spread to better enable our health workers to fight it:
Self-report daily.
Help slow the outbreak.
Identify those at risk sooner.
Help our scientists identify:
High-risk areas in the UK.
Who is most at risk, by better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions.
How fast the virus is spreading in your area
This is a very simple, but clever, DIY face mask – please do remember that I’m not a medical expert, and that this won’t protect you from all harm – but it may give some reassurance and protection when you’re popping out to the shops.
This next link is a lovely – and free – course for mindful emotion coaching:
Here you can find a completely free weekly online mindfulness session – the first is today (March 25th) from 7-8pm and the website will give you information on the next sessions
If these ones aren’t at times you can do, there’s a resource here with a schedule of other sessions at a range of times – the times are American, so factor the time difference in (for example 7am ET – Eastern Standard Time – is 11am GMT)
these are held via Zoom, and there’s a simple link to click; if you’ve never used Zoom before do click the link ten minutes or so in advance or as soon as you’re able, and follow the instructions to install it on your phone, computer or tablet – it’s very simple and user friendly and guides you through each step so don’t be daunted!
Adams Psychology Services have their own page of resources to help during these trying times too – which is  a fabulous help for those just looking for coping mechanisms.
For those with children – particularly younger ones – this printable, downloadable resource is a superb way to explain the coronavirus to children, and to help them to understand how it spreads and the importance of hand washing
Another great way to explain proper handwashing techniques was shared by a Doctor on his Twitter account – watch this video and see just how much your usual, casual wash is missing! The video is in Italian – but you don’t need to understand the words to see clearly what the message is!
You can find all my latest posts and shares on my Facebook page – where you can also post messages for other people to smile at or share, and I will reply to as many as I can