Episode 4: Dealing with Stress in Isolation
This episode was created for you by Combat Stress as part of the Contact collaboration
Dr Walter Busuttil served for 16 years in the Royal Air Force, where he trained as a psychiatrist qualifying as a consultant. He was instrumental in the setting up of PTSD mental health rehabilitation programmes designed for servicemen returning from the first Gulf War. He was also part of the clinical team that rehabilitated the released British Beirut Hostages.
We are so grateful to Walter for taking the time to share his expertise and his top tips on managing any feelings of stress whilst you’re in isolation.
Transcript for Episode 4
VO: 60 Second Support
Professor Green: I’m Professor Green, bringing you help and advice from some amazing people during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s important we talk about our mental health right now, and today we’re chatting with the Director of Medical Services at Combat Stress, Walter Bussutil about coping during lock down.
Dr Walter Busuttil: The first thing to think about is routine – try to plan your day and get into a rhythm. As well as factoring in the practical things, make time for the activities you enjoy.
Think about your physical as well as mental fitness. Eat regularly, stay hydrated, and remain active, as well as making time for relaxation or meditation.
Talk to someone daily – have regular chats with the people you’re isolating with; or if you are alone, take advantage of the technology available to you, reaching out to those you know, or contacting one of the Heads Together charity partners.
VO: 60 Second Support with Heads Together campaign… supported by the Audio Content Fund.
Professor Green: For more help and advice visit Headstogether.org.uk