All of us have had concerns and anxieties and big changes to our daily lives over the last two years. And some have experienced big losses and sadness through the pandemic.
Now we are learning to adjust to life without Covid-19 rules and restrictions and adapting to socialising and working together again.
Tens of thousands of people in our area have been affected by paused operations and procedures, with many struggling to live with a health problem and the uncertainty of knowing when they will be treated.
For those with existing mental health problems, the changes and delays have added to their challenges.
And now, as we look to recover from the health crisis, we're seeing scary global events, like the conflict in Ukraine, that is shocking and unsettling.
Dealing with anxiety and uncertainty
UK charity The Mental Health Foundation and the NHS Every Mind Matters website have practical advice on how to deal with anxiety and uncertainty, improve your mood and look after your wellbeing.
You can find help on topics including:
- Getting back to "normal" after Covid
- Mental wellbeing and long-term health issues
- Coping with scary news
Five top tips
1. Stay connected
Spend quality time with friends, family and loved ones. If you can't meet face to face, call a loved one, friend or neighbour – take time to listen how they are too.
2. Talk about your worries
Sharing your concerns with someone you trust can really help.
3. Look after yourself
Try to keep active, eat a balanced diet and take time to relax and get some restful sleep.
4. Manage your news intake
With so many stories out there, and 24-hour coverage, it’s easy to feel overloaded and stressed. If it's having a negative effect, take a break from the news or limit how much you watch or listen to.
5. Keep doing the things you enjoy
From a family board game to a jigsaw puzzle, a podcast to a cycle ride – it’s important to spend time doing something you enjoy. Connecting with nature and getting some green time helps reduce stress and boosts our mood.
Good to know ...
Local organisations offering mental health support include
Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind
A free, confidential and anonymous telephone helpline service that is available on 0808 808 2121. The Line provides listening support and information to someone experiencing mental distress or if you are supporting someone in distress. Open 11am – 11pm every day.
Rethink Mental Illness
Provides carer support including a telephone support line (07783 267013) run by carers for other carers.
Find support online
Keep Your Head website
A central point for information on keeping well, self-help and support services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Free online support and wellbeing for adults in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough through CPSL Mind. Register to access online peer support, self-help resources, an online magazine and chat-based counselling.
Shout – Crisis Text Line
Text Shout to 85258
H.A.Y Cambridge, East Cambs, Fenland and South Cambs
The How Are You district websites bring together everything that promotes positive mental health and wellbeing.They spotlight local activities and courses as well as support and services for local people from the NHS, local authority, third sector and community organisations.
First Response is a 24-hour service for people in a mental health crisis.
Dial 111 and then choose option 2.
This service is for anyone, of any age, living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and connects to a trained mental health professional who will listen to your concerns and help you get the support you need.
They can offer advice over the phone, put you in contact with the crisis services or even refer you to a Sanctuary - safe places run by Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind..
Caring for someone? You can call 111 on their behalf too.