• Sally Kettle

Stressed? Anxious? Read this!

Updated: Apr 18

Practical Coping Tips for Stress Caused by Coronavirus Outbreak

for Pregnant Women and Women with Young Families.

Here are some clear, simple and easy tips for coping with the current anxiety and stress caused by the Corona Virus outbreak.

1. Worry about health - instead of worrying which drains the energy in your body, be proactive in sustaining your health and building your immune system which will protect you from the virus. Drink plenty of warm water, eat fruits and vegetables, Cut down on sugar which depletes the immune system, get fresh air and exercise, do breathing exercises and meditation which strengthen your resilience. (free audio of these on our website). Take baby and yourself out for fresh air wherever weather permits, keeping 2 meters away from other people.

2. Panic buying - Is often fuelled by helplessness and a sense of lack of control. The buying spree is one way of feeling in control on a micro level, in an otherwise uncontrollable situation. Follow the public health advice carefully. Ensure you have enough supplies for 3-4 weeks. Keep work surfaces clean without going over the top. There is online shopping too, if you are unable to get out.

3. Concern about the health of your baby - open up and reach out to your health visitor and other health professionals for reassurance. Ask for support. In situations like this, community spirit often kicks in. See point 7, on how to develop a support network.

4. Worry about finances/work - again be proactive instead of worrying. Ask your manager for guidance and support. If you are self-employed, reflect on where you can cut down outgoings. Be creative in how you use your resources. Seek information about benefits and subsidies.

5. Fear- the source of anxiety is rooted in fear. Instead of the fear building up inside you, write it out. e.g I am fearful because……. This will diffuse it out of your body and make you feel lighter and help to put it in perspective.

6. Gratitude and Positive thinking - Remember, worrying has negative impact on you and your baby, instead give gratitude for the things that are good in your life and stay positive.

7. Lack of support - it is not a sign of weakness but strength to reach out and ask for support. Make a list of everyone you know, friends, family, colleagues, neighbours etc. Now tick 9 people from this list, 3 of each, who can provide practical, psychological and moral support. Connect with them and sustain this support circle.

In summary, be proactive, positive and build your resilience, connect with your support network and keep the information you may need handy, instead of doing nothing and worrying about it.

If you have difficulty with any of the above, then get professional help.

The International Stress Management AssociationUK [ ISMA] is the leading professional body for workplace and personal stress management, wellbeing and performance.

A registered charity, ISMA exists to promote sound knowledge and best practice in stress management, both nationally and internationally.

ISMA has a membership of stress practitioners who will help you to find a manageable perspective and explore options of coping and support.

Do get in touch if you would like to know more about us.

As an Ambassador for ISMA, I'd like to thank the team for providing this information and sharing it with us.



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