Ben is the charity supporting the automotive industry and its people. On Ben’s website you can find information on how they can help and tips and advice for specific areas of your health and wellbeing that may be affected as a result of the Coronavirus.

The coronavirus is affecting everyone’s lives – both home and work. We all respond to change differently but our current circumstances are not something that any of us have experienced before. It’s completely normal to feel concerned, confused, scared or even angry during these times – this is our body’s way of responding to a unique situation.

Stress can make us feel tired, tense and overwhelmed. The combination of physical and emotional reactions to the situation can change our normal behaviour – we are less patient, become snappy or even angry. This is because stress triggers our body into ‘fight, flight or freeze’ mode to prepare us to either stay and deal with a threat or run away to safety; adrenaline starts pumping, our heart beats faster and our blood pressure rises.

Ben’s tips to deal with stress:

  • Take five and breathe
  • Routine
  • Keep connected
  • Just get the facts
  • Tune out
  • Do something that makes you sweat
  • Focus on the little things
  • Be kind to yourself and each other
  • Keep your mind active
  • Be aware of your emotions (feelings)

View more details about BEN’s tips to help you and your family to manage stress during this unusual time. If you need support, you can chat with BEN online or call the helpline on 08081 311 333.