Plan ahead to feel more in control

Those of us prone to anxiety, like to be in control.

So, if you take basic steps to prepare for the possibility of an outbreak in your community, you may feel a sense of relief.

For instance, speak to your manager about your working from home options should you need to, and consider what alternative childcare options you have should schools be disrupted.

Have contingency plans for these disruptions. 

Accept that there are some things you cannot control

There are lots of steps we can take to help protect ourselves and others, such as washing our hands and sneezing into elbows.

These are the things you can control. However, the spread of a virus is very complicated and much of this is beyond our control.

There is no way we can reduce the risk to ourselves to zero and worrying about it won’t change this risk.

Try not to spend too much time worrying about the things you cannot control.

Get your information from reliable sources

There is a lot of misinformation in the media which is unhelpful, and can make things feel far scarier than they are.

The best way to ensure you have the correct information, is to make use of Public Health England, NHS, and Oldham Councils website.


It's important to be in the know but you don't need to obsess over the news.

Try to limit the amount of time you spend watching or reading the media.

The situation is changing quickly, but once in the morning and once in the afternoon should be enough.

Avoid using social media or other screen time in the hour before you go to bed.

Be present

It is easy to be so consumed in trying to predict the future, that we forget to be present.

The here and now is usually a lot less scary than the worse case scenarios we create in our minds.

Mindfulness has been proven to significantly reduce the effects of stress and anxiety and is a great way to take a break from worrying.

There are lots of resources to help you get started with mindfulness.

Prioritise Sleep

While there's still a lot to learn about the new coronavirus, prior research has shown that well-rested people are better at fending off viruses.

You should try to ensure you get between 6 and 9 hours of sleep a night.

Eat Well and stay hydrated

A healthy balanced diet is essential for good brain function and can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety.

Stay Active

Physical activity has been proven to be as effective at treating mild depression and anxiety as medication.

It doesn’t matter what activity you do, whether at home or outdoors.

Exercise releases endorphins which help you to feel happy and calm.