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Wellbeing during the Coronavirus pandemic

Additional wellbeing resources and documents - a mixture of NHS and Psychology related perspectives and tools on how to create and maintain a sense of wellbeing during the coronavirus crisis.

Updated 25 January 2021

Updated 25 November 

 

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 Updated 7 April 2020 

 Updated 3 April 2020

Given the changes in the world, we wanted to include some ideas focussed on our romantic relationships to help us navigate the potential changes caused by the current environment. Dr Michaela Thomas, a clinical psychologist, shares her tips for keeping a relationship on track.

 "It is hard enough to keep a relationship on track at the best of times, it takes effort and dedication.  Couples living together are now under pressure from being cooped up together, potentially also having to do childcare, and couples living apart are maybe under the strain of not being able to physically see each other.  It is okay to have arguments and butt heads right now, you’re under a lot of pressure. Remind yourself that this too shall pass, and in the meantime, you need to turn towards each other with compassion and let go of criticising each other."

TRY TO:

  • Share how you think and feel
  • Take care of yourself, self-care is couple care
  • Make decisions to meet both your needs
  • Remember that this is hard for both of you
  • Have ‘date nights’ for extra connection
  • Make an effort to do things together
  • Negotiate and compromise if you disagree
  • Raise a complaint, request a change
  • Apologise and repair when you mess up
  • Focus on surviving, getting through this
  • Forgive and let it go

TRY NOT TO:

  • Bottle everything up
  • Neglect self-care, “powering through”
  • Decide things just based on what you want
  • Forget your partner’s feelings
  • Take each other for granted
  • Assume things will magically happen
  • Make sacrifices you will resent
  • Criticise and attack
  • Blame and shame yourself or your partner
  • Put pressure on yourselves to be ‘happy’ or ‘perfect’
  • Hold a grudge and keep a score 

 

 

Resources compiled by Dr James Lea, Clinical Tutor in Clinical Psychology, and reviewed and updated on a regular basis by Head of Division, Professor Gillian Haddock.

In addition, please do not hesitate to contact Gillian or James, who will be happy to collate any additional resources you may have; and to be contacted for advice on psychological wellbeing.