Managing your thoughts and feelings in uncertain times

  • 27 April 2020

We're all adjusting to a new reality in light of the current situation – with our lives being affected in some way, whether big or small. And during these uncertain times, it can be difficult to manage our thoughts and feelings.

Whilst some things are beyond our control, there are certainly things we can do to maintain our mental wellbeing.

Here are our top tips to help you look after your mind:

  • Limit your news intake

You may feel compelled to stay tuned for news updates; wanting to keep abreast of latest developments – but resist the urge. Try to limit the amount of time you spend watching broadcast channels or reading about current affairs on social media; following credible and reliable sources only. This will help to eliminate overwhelm and reduce feelings of worry or anxiety that you may be experiencing.

  • Talk to someone you trust

If you're feeling worried or anxious, it's important to know that you're not alone. Give a close friend or family member a call and let them know that you're having a difficult time. Talking it through with someone can be helpful; often providing a sense of relief and allows an opportunity for you to identify practical solutions to dealing with the problem.

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle

It can be tempting to indulge in unhealthy food and drinks or neglect physical exercise when we don't feel our best or things don't go to plan. Ensure that you eat a nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner, and set aside 20 minutes for a light workout each day. Having a well-balanced diet and giving your body the activity it needs will help to keep your mind and body healthy.

  • Get a good night's sleep

It's recommended that we sleep for no less than 7 hours a day. Aim for between 8 and 9 hours per night – this way, you'll have time on your side if you don't settle in bed or fall asleep straight away. Getting the right amount of sleep helps to restore the brain, rejuvenate bodily tissues and relax muscles so that we can focus and perform our daily activities effectively.

  • Keep in touch with others

It's easy to focus on measures that have been put in place; affecting our ability to meet up with people – but you're never more than a phone call away from others. Strive to have conversations with friends and loved ones every day, be it over the phone or via a video call. Interacting regularly with others is good for our social wellbeing and positively impacts our mental health, too.


The Bank Workers Charity (BWC)

BWC exists to support current and former bank employees and their families in the UK. We provide information, advice, expert support and, in some cases, financial help.

We support thousands of individuals and their families each year, helping them cope with issues such as managing a disability or long-term condition, mental health support, financial wellbeing in particular debt, and relationship problems, including caring responsibilities or bereavement.

Our services are free, confidential and we’re independent of banks. To find out how we can help, visit our Support services page on our website, or call our Helpline on 0800 0234 834.

Please note we are only able to support employees (including their partners and any dependent children) of banks in the UK.