How can Long COVID affect my mental health?
There are several factors at play when recovering from COVID-19 - and mental recovery can be just as important as physical recovery. During this period of recovery, you might find you have time when you feel afraid, anxious, low or depressed. You might feel frustrated that it’s taking time to recover physically, which could make you irritable and angry. If you are struggling with such impacts of long-term Coronavirus symptoms or you know someone who is, pay attention to how you’re feeling mentally. Of course, it’s important to monitor physical symptoms, but it is vital not to neglect your mental health during recovery.
If it is possible, create a space where discussions about mental health are open and welcome. Even if it’s just to say “I’m not doing so well right now”, letting your loved ones know that you’re struggling can be a huge help during troubling times.
There are things you can do to help yourself, such as:
- distracting yourself when you’re feeling anxious, perhaps by taking a gentle walk or calling a friend
- gradually starting to do things you enjoyed before you were ill, like gardening, painting or DIY
- trying mindfulness meditation: you might want to try mindful breathing exercise
- sticking to a good sleep routine, going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time each day
- not drinking too much alcohol, as this can affect your mood
- setting yourself a realistic plan for the day, with small goals that will give you a sense of accomplishment.
If you think you are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety or another mental health condition, speak to us and we will guide you with support and treatment that is available. The sooner you seek help the sooner you’ll feel better. You can also refer yourself for free NHS talking therapies through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) service without needing to see your GP.
Follow our blog you can find advice on:
- managing fear and anxiety
- managing your mood
- coping with fear and frustration
- memory and concentration.
*Those suffering from Long Covid symptoms such as chronic fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, depression and stress can now request specialist help available at our clinic. Please call us at 02079356554 or email email@example.com