It’s good to talk to someone you trust about your situation, whether that’s a family member, friend or someone at work. They can support you, or help come up with a plan for what to do.
If you are struggling with how you are feeling, there are lots of mental health charities who can help – no matter how big or how small the problem feels.
The NHS has a list of recommended charities or see our urgent support page if you need to speak to someone right now. Relate has lots of advice and access to trained counsellors if your money worries are affecting your relationships at home.
Remember that NHS services are still available during COVID-19 and it’s important to get help if you might need it.
Maintain a routine
If you are no longer working then it’s important to still keep to a routine. Having a structure to your day helps you avoid bad habits, gives you a sense of purpose and boosts your mood.
This can be hard if you are feeling low – start with easier activities and, as you progress, your mood should improve.
Try to wake up and go to bed at the same time each day. You might even find it helpful to write a plan for your week. Fill your day with positive activities, such as cleaning, cooking or exercise, and meaningful activities like reading or getting in touch with friends.
You could also commit to spending some of your usual working hours looking for new jobs, but make sure you switch off at the end of the day and relax.
Look after your physical health
Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel emotionally and mentally. At times like these, it can also be easy to develop unhealthy habits, which can make you feel worse.
- keep active – check out Better Health for ideas on how to add movement to your new routines
- eat well – aim for healthy, well-balanced meals and drink enough water
- avoid drinking too much alcohol – find ways to drink less
- quit smoking – it’s never too late
If you are concerned about drug use, FRANK offers information and advice, including where to get help, and has a free advice line – 0300 123 6600.