Coping with stress, low mood and isolation – a support thread
What is this thread about?
We realise these are particularly difficult times for all who visit Scope’s online community. The impact of covid-19 has been far reaching, not least emotionally, as we all cope and ‘muddle through’ each day the best we can.
As a means of support, the Community Team have compiled a list of resources on this thread to help with any feelings of isolation, stress, and low mood you might be experiencing. These are not intended to substitute professional help and we recommend contacting your GP if troubling feelings persist. Equally, should you ever believe your welfare is in danger, make sure to call 999 and ask for the relevant emergency services.
This list is not exhaustive and will be added to regularly so please do keep checking back. Also, if our lovely members have any other helpful links or ideas, feel free to drop them in the comments section below.
As ever, if you want to talk about your individual situation - we are here to listen. Don't be afraid to make a post and ask for help.
General coronavirus support
- Scope’s Coronavirus website section provides practical guidance around money, food, housing and more.
- The ‘Having carers during coronavirus’ thread explains how to keep yourself, carers and personal assistants safe, and what to do in event of emergency.
- Scope’s ‘Mental health and coronavirus webpage’ offers advice for both adults and children on how to cope with anxiety and isolation.
- Mind’s Coronavirus and wellbeing webpage gives tips for looking after your emotional health.
- This NHS Mental wellbeing whilst staying at home webpage provides a list of things you can do right now to feel calmer.
- YoungMinds Coronavirus and mental health webpage has advice for younger adults.
- Rethink’s Coronavirus and mental health webpage helps those severely impacted by mental health conditions and their carers.
- You can call the Samaritans on 116123 anytime for confidential support and they have a webpage about what do to 'if you are worried about your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic'.
- This Blurt webpage explains how breathing and grounding exercises can ease anxiety and panic attacks.
- This online community thread looks at ‘What do you do to relax’.
- Plus, our ‘Would you like to go to a spa?’ thread has suggestions on ways to relax too.
- This “Are you feeling stressed?” post discusses the signs and symptoms of stress.
- The Positive affirmations thread contains mantras to practice and boost self-esteem.
- Headspace is an app for meditation, anxiety, sleep etc.
- This NHS webpage has a list of mental health apps.
- The ‘Stay in Workout: Accessible ways to exercise’ thread includes links to routines you can do at home.
- The Active at home timetable is a good way of keeping fit and exercising along to pre-recorded videos.
- A diaphragmatic/abdominal breathing exercise suggested by @chiarieds. This helps with stress and pain.
- Gentle Tai Chi and yoga videos also suggested by @chiarieds.
- This 'How to meditate' guide from @leeCal can help you feel more at peace and relaxed.
- The ‘Will you be lonely this Christmas’ thread contains fun activities to keep you occupied beyond the festive period.
- @chiarieds ‘Activities for the little grey cells & 'Free rice' which helps the World Food Programme’ thread has a list of online quizzes to get you busy thinking.
- Independent Age have a 'How to stay connected in old age' webpage with advice on how to connect with others.
- This 'Riddle me Ree' thread has a list of puzzles to do, including impairment-friendly accessible ones.
Education/learning, work, and volunteering
- This thread has tips for how to keep your work life balance in check.
- While, this thread lists ‘books and educational journals available for free’.
- For Have a go month we discussed available online learning courses.
- The ‘Are you looking for a new job or fancying a career change’ thread gives career advice to help with job hunting.
- Make sure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to with Scope’s Benefits calculator.
- Scope’s Support with council tax during coronavirus webpage gives information about hardship funds, council tax reductions and deferred payments.
- This #EndChildFoodPoverty map helps you find the nearest emergency food support close to where you live.
- Visit this Money saving tips thread to see handy hints for cutting back spending.
- Scope's Family services webpage links to our Navigate, Sleep-Right and Parents Connect information pages - services designed to support the parenting of disabled children.
- The top tips for a blissful bedtime thread has pointers on improving children’s night-time routines.
- This ways to keep kids entertained during lockdown thread has lots of fun activity ideas.
- @KimLawtherAT's home-schooling website supports parents and care-givers educating children with additional needs.
- Read this guest blog post that discusses ‘Being autistic in post lockdown world’.
- Read The Independent newspaper article on: ‘Autism and the loneliness of social distancing’.
- This ‘Managing pain during isolation’ thread has ideas on how to alleviate chronic aches and pains.
- Scope’s ‘Cerebral palsy and coronavirus’ webpage gives advice specific to people with CP.
- If you are struggling with insomnia, read our ‘Searching for sleep’ thread as we share and compare what helps us sleep.
- Beyond Word's picture stories can help explain what is happening with coronavirus to people with learning difficulties.
- The detailed ‘What is domestic abuse and how does it affect disabled people’ thread outlines what abuse is, how to report it and where to access emergency support.
Stay safe everyone and remember we are here to support you though this
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