We understand that the outbreak of COVID-19 is creating worry and distress for people in the marine industry. At British Marine we are collating guidance and developing resources to support you and your staff with this. We hope to update this page regularly with new information as it becomes available.
Looking after your mental health
There are things we can do to look after our mental wellbeing during this time. On this page, we are gathering the information, links and resources that we can, to help keep you informed and protect your mental health.
You don’t have to be self-isolating in order for coronavirus concerns to have an impact on your mental health. You might find yourself feeling worried about the spread of coronavirus and its impact on you and your loved ones. These feelings are normal and it’s important we acknowledge them and remind each other to look after both our physical and mental health.
However, there are steps you can take to look after your mental health and wellbeing. A number of organisations have published guidance on mental health considerations relating to the coronavirus outbreak, including:
Social distancing and self-isolating
In line with government and NHS guidance you may be thinking about self-isolating or doing something called "social distancing". This means staying away from other people to prevent the spread of the illness. If you are doing this, refer to the latest NHS guidance.
Self-isolating or Social distancing may be worrying, so it is important you try to take small steps to look after your mental wellbeing during this time. Some examples of things you could try include:
- Staying in touch with your family and friends - you can still contact each other over the phone, on social media or through video calls.
- Continuing the things that you enjoy, or use the time to discover a new hobby. You could try reading that book you’ve been meaning to start, watch that new series or try a new skill.
- Getting into a daily routine that prioritises looking after yourself. You may find it helpful to plan out your time in advance and know what you are going to do each day, so you have something to look forward to.
- Looking after your personal environment and creating a space that you are able to enjoy and feel comfortable in.
- Take time to relax.
- Spending some time on personal development, learning new skills or developing existing skills. British Marine has developed a webpage for you and your staff to find resources to support staff development. Find it here.
You might find that keeping up-to-date with new information helps you feel empowered, or you might find it overwhelming. Some people mayfind it helpful to set boundaries on how often they check the news, or how long they spend reading about the outbreak.
Supporting friends and family
During this time it is important that we are all looking out for each other. Here are some things you can do to support your friends and family:
- Reach out, be sure to keep in touch even if you can’t see each other in person.
- Make sure you are only sharing information from reliable sources such as the NHS.
- Talk to your friends and family and ask if there is anything you can do or if they need any assistance to look after themselves.
- Check-in with those who might be at more of risk during this time to see if there is anything you can do to help.
It is also important to remember that not all sources of information will be reliable, and so it is important to get your information from trustworthy sources, such as the NHS.