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Local mental health charity Hull and East Yorkshire Mind has shared some tips on how to take care of your mental health in the midst of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

While it’s right to think first and foremost about the impact on those caught up in the conflict, it’s also completely normal to feel upset from afar by what we’re seeing in Ukraine, and the wider news. The charity have now shared a series of tips on how to help improve your mental health.

A spokesperson for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind said”
“There’s no question that the news is difficult to read and absorb right now. There is lots of news coverage of the situation in Ukraine, and watching or reading the news can be a helpful way to stay informed, but it can also increase our distress or fear about the situation.
However you are managing the situation, it is important to remember that your feelings are valid, and there are people available to help, should things get too much for you. “

The charities top tips are:
• Limit your News Intake – If news stories make you feel upset, scared or confused, think about switching off or limiting what you look at for a while. You may want to try only looking at the news at a certain time of day, for a limited amount of time, and then doing something relaxing or creative afterwards.
• Take a break from social media – When we’re concerned about a developing news story, it can be tempting to go straight to social media to see what everyone else is saying. But this might also make you feel worse. Consider taking a break or limiting how you use social media. Try to regularly ask yourself – “is this helping me, or am I doom scrolling?”
• Find ways to cope with your anxiety – Feeling anxious about a distressing or worrying situation is understandable, and this doesn’t always mean you have a mental health problem. You might find it helpful to try some self-care tips to help cope with how you’re feeling. For example, you could try breathing exercises, distraction techniques such as doing something you enjoy or physical activity.
• Talk to someone – Talking to someone you trust about the news could be a relief. It can be helpful to say our worries ‘out load’. Try asking someone if they have time for a chat. But remember that everyone deals with things differently and it’s important to respect other people’s boundaries if they say no. If you aren’t able to open up to someone close to you, you can call our 24/7 Information Line on 01482 240133 or email [email protected].

For 24 hour information, advice and support, please call Hull and East Yorkshire Mind on 01482 240133, email [email protected] or chat live at