15 April 2020

If you are feeling anxious, worried or stressed about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) there are some simple things you can do to help. It’s important to know that feeling concerned or overwhelmed by the news is understandable, especially as your social media channels, which are usually places for fun and relaxation, are also full of it.

You might be worried about your own health, about someone you love, or, the impact the virus will have on your everyday life, especially if you’re about to take exams or have a job that might be under threat.  If you are feeling anxious here are some simple ideas that may help you to stay calm and reduce your stress levels during the COVID-19 outbreak. Or, jump to the end of the article for links to specific services.

  1. Try keeping a diary of what you are doing and how you feel at different times to help identify what’s affecting you and what you need to take action on.
  2. Relaxation, mindfulness or breathing exercises can be helpful. They reduce tension and focus our awareness on the present moment.
  3. Build physical activity into your daily routine, if possible. Most of us don’t have exercise equipment like treadmills where we live, but there are still activities you can do.
  4. Be creative by doing arts and crafts, such as drawing, painting, collage, sewing, craft kits or upcycling, DIY, colouring, mindfulness, playing musical instruments, singing or listening to music or writing.
  5. Keep your brain occupied and challenged. Set aside time in your routine for this-Read books, magazines and articles. Listen to podcasts, watch films or do puzzles.
  6. Pay attention to your sleep Both quality and quantity are important for good sleep.
  7. Having a good night sleep will help ease anxiety.
  8. Stay connected with family and friends, you can do this by message and video call. Talking to loved ones can help reduce stress and anxiety.

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger

Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis

If you need urgent help text YM to 85258

All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors

Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.


Comforts, advises and protects children 24 hours a day and offers free confidential counselling.

Phone 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Chat 1-2-1 with a counsellor online

The Mix

Information, support and listening for people under 25.

Phone 0808 808 4994 (24 hours)

Get support online


24-hour confidential listening and support for anyone who needs it. (Adults included.)


Phone 116 123 (24 hours)




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